We always thank God for all of you5 and continually mention you in our prayers.63
We remember before our God and Father7 your work produced by faith,8 your labor prompted by love,9 and your endurance inspired by hope10 in our Lord Jesus Christ.
For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God,11 that he has chosen you,
because our gospel12 came to you not simply with words but also with power,13 with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know14 how we lived among you for your sake.
You became imitators of us15 and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering16 with the joy17 given by the Holy Spirit.187
And so you became a model19 to all the believers in Macedonia20 and Achaia.218
The Lord's message22 rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia--your faith in God has become known everywhere.23 Therefore we do not need to say anything about it,
for they themselves report what happened when we visited you. They tell how you turned24 to God from idols25 to serve the living and true God,2610
and to wait for his Son from heaven,27 whom he raised from the dead28--Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.29