ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 133

This letter is from Paul, Silas, and Timothy.
We are writing to the church in Thessalonica, to 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, we can’t help but thank God for you, because
your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing. We
proudly tell God’s other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering. And God will
use this persecution to show his justice and to make you worthy of his
­Kingdom, for which you are suffering. In his justice he will pay back those
who persecute you.
And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also
for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his
mighty angels, in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t
know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our
Lord Jesus. They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever
separated from the Lord and from his glorious power. When he comes
on that day, he will receive glory from his holy people—praise from all
who believe. And this includes you, for you believed what we told you
about him.
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life
worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good
things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will
be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along
with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and
Lord, Jesus Christ.

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