1 Thessalonians 2 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So, friends, it's obvious that our visit to you was no waste of time. 1 You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure.
2 We had just been given rough treatment in Philippi, as you know, but that didn't slow us down. We were sure of ourselves in God, and went right ahead and said our piece, presenting God's Message to you, defiant of the opposition. 2 We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition.
3 God tested us thoroughly to make sure we were qualified to be trusted with this Message. 3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.
4 Be assured that when we speak to you we're not after crowd approval - only God approval. Since we've been put through that battery of tests, you're guaranteed that both we and the Message are free of error, mixed motives, or hidden agendas. 4 On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.
5 We never used words to butter you up. No one knows that better than you. And God knows we never used words as a smoke screen to take advantage of you. 5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed--God is our witness.
6 Even though we had some standing as Christ's apostles, we never threw our weight around or tried to come across as important, with you or anyone else. 6 We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you,
7 We weren't aloof with you. We took you just as you were. We were never patronizing, never condescending, but we cared for you the way a mother cares for her children. 7 but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.
8 We loved you dearly. Not content to just pass on the Message, we wanted to give you our hearts. And we did. 8 We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.
9 You remember us in those days, friends, working our fingers to the bone, up half the night, moonlighting so you wouldn't have the burden of supporting us while we proclaimed God's Message to you. 9 Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.
10 You saw with your own eyes how discreet and courteous we were among you, with keen sensitivity to you as fellow believers. And God knows we weren't freeloaders! 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.
11 You experienced it all firsthand. With each of you we were like a father with his child, 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,
12 holding your hand, whispering encouragement, showing you step-by-step how to live well before God, who called us into his own kingdom, into this delightful life. 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
13 And now we look back on all this and thank God, an artesian well of thanks! When you got the Message of God we preached, you didn't pass it off as just one more human opinion, but you took it to heart as God's true word to you, which it is, God himself at work in you believers! 13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.
14 Friends, do you realize that you followed in the exact footsteps of the churches of God in Judea, those who were the first to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ? You got the same bad treatment from your countrymen as they did from theirs, the Jews 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of God's churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own countrymen the same things those churches suffered from the Jews,
15 who killed the Master Jesus (to say nothing of the prophets) and followed it up by running us out of town. They make themselves offensive to God and everyone else 15 who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to all men
16 by trying to keep us from telling people who've never heard of our God how to be saved. They've made a career of opposing God, and have gotten mighty good at it. But God is fed up, ready to put an end to it. 16 in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.
17 Do you have any idea how very homesick we became for you, dear friends? Even though it hadn't been that long and it was only our bodies that were separated from you, not our hearts, we tried our very best to get back to see you. 17 But, brothers, when we were torn away from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.
18 You can't imagine how much we missed you! I, Paul, tried over and over to get back, but Satan stymied us each time. 18 For we wanted to come to you--certainly I, Paul, did, again and again--but Satan stopped us.
19 Who do you think we're going to be proud of when our Master Jesus appears if it's not you? 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?
20 You're our pride and joy! 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.