1 Thessalonians 3:1-5

So when we could stand it no longer,
we thought it best
to be left by ourselves in Athens.
We sent Timothy,
who is our brother and God's fellow worker
in spreading the gospel of Christ,
to strenghten and encourage
you in your faith, so that no one
would be unsettled by these trials.
You know quite well that
we were destined for them.
In fact, when we were with you,
we kept telling you
that we would be persecuted.
And it turned out that way,
as you well know. For this reason,
when I could stand it no longer,
I sent to find out about your faith.
I was afraid that in some way
the tempter might have tempted you
and our efforts might have been useless.

~ New International Version ~

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