This letter is from Paul, Silas, a and Timothy.It is written to the church in Thessalonica, you who belong to God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Dear brothers and sisters, b we always thank God for you, as is right, for we are thankful that your faith is flourishing and you are all growing in love for each other.
We proudly tell God's other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering.
But God will use this persecution to show his justice. For he will make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering,
and in his justice he will punish those who persecute you.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)