being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion1 until the day of Christ Jesus.27
It is right3 for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart;4 for whether I am in chains5 or defending6 and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.
God can testify7 how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer: that your love8 may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,910
so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,10