10 You are witnesses, and so is God, how unworldly and just and blameless was our behavior toward you who believe [in our Lord Jesus Christ]. To live lives worthy of God, Who calls you into His own kingdom and the glorious blessedness [ 2 into which true believers will enter after Christ's return]. But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the glad tidings (the Gospel), so we speak not to please men but to please God, Who tests our hearts [ 1 expecting them to be approved]. Learn more. Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. 3 For our appeal does not come from delusion or impure motives, nor [is it motivated] by deceit [our message is complete, accurate, and based on the truth—it does not change]. How can a young Christian handle the threats of divorce in a marriage that was started on faulty ground? Now I can explain it to my kids. 10You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know how, as a father [dealing with] his children, we used to exhort each of you personally, stimulating and encouraging and charging you, To live lives worthy of God, Who calls you into His own kingdom and the glorious blessedness [, And we also [especially] thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [. 7 But we behaved gently when we were among you, like a devoted mother tenderly caring for her own children. Is it not you? Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. 14 For you, [c]brothers and sisters, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, because you too suffered the same [kind of] persecution from your own countrymen, as they did from the Jews, 15 who [d]killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and harassed and drove us out; and [they] continue to be highly displeasing to God and [to show themselves] hostile to all people, 16 forbidding us from speaking to the Gentiles (non-Jews) so that they may be saved. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible notes. 9 These people will pay the penalty and endure the punishment of [c]everlasting destruction, banished from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day [that is, glorified through the changed lives of those who have accepted Him as Savior and have been set apart for His purpose], and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed and trusted [and confirmed in your lives]. Who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and harassed and drove us out, and continue to make themselves hateful and offensive to God and to show themselves foes of all men. For you, brethren, became imitators of the assemblies (churches) of God in Christ Jesus which are in Judea, for you too have suffered the same kind of treatment from your own fellow countrymen as they did [who were persecuted at the hands] of the Jews, The next step is to choose a monthly or yearly subscription, and then enter your payment information. Nor did we seek to extract praise and honor and glory from men, either from you or from anyone else, though we might have asserted our authority [stood on our dignity and claimed honor] as apostles (special missionaries) of Christ (the Messiah). 11 With this in view, we constantly pray for you, that our God will count you worthy of your calling [to faith] and with [His] power fulfill every desire for goodness, and complete [your] every work of faith, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you [by what you do], and you in Him, according to the [precious] grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. 20 For you are [indeed] our glory and our joy! But since we were bereft of you, brethren, for a little while in person, [of course] not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great longing to see you face to face, Create or log in to your Bible Gateway account. (Luke 11:9–13). 1 Thessalonians 2:1 - 20 FOR YOU yourselves know, brethren, that our coming among you was not useless and fruitless. 14 For you, [c]brothers and sisters, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, because you too suffered the same [kind of] persecution from your own countrymen, as they did from the Jews, 15 who [d]killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and harassed and drove us out; and [they] continue to be highly displeasing to God and [to show themselves] hostile to all people, 16 forbidding us from speaking to the Gentiles (non-Jews) so that they may be saved. So which shock would be more, umm, shocking, #1 or #2? 5 This is a positive proof of the righteous judgment of God [a sign of His fair verdict], so that you will be considered worthy of His kingdom, for which indeed you are suffering. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. 11 16 Take notes, highlights, and favorites to share or document personal thoughts. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, how unworldly and just and blameless was our behavior toward you who believe [in our Lord Jesus Christ]. But we behaved gently when we were among you, like a devoted mother nursing and cherishing her own children. 3 For our appeal does not come from delusion or impure motives, nor [is it motivated] by deceit [our message is complete, accurate, and based on the truth—it does not change]. All rights reserved. 12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. Good one. 7 [I mean that] I, Paul, again and again [wanted to come], but Satan hindered and impeded us. For our appeal [in preaching] does not [originate] from delusion or error or impure purpose or motive, nor in fraud or deceit. They displease God and are hostile to everyone 16in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. Cross references 1 Thessalonians 2:16 : Gen 15:16 11 For you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you just as a father does [in dealing with] his own children, [guiding you] 12 to live lives [of honor, moral courage, and personal integrity] worthy of the God who [saves you and] calls you into His own kingdom and glory. Begin reading God's Word ad-free with instant access to your new online study library. Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Amplified Bible (AMP). Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. 9Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, 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. 3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. Paul’s Ministry - For you know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you has not been ineffective (fruitless, in vain), but after we had already suffered and been outrageously treated in Philippi, as you know, yet in [the strength of] our God we summoned the courage to proclaim boldly to you the good news of God [regarding salvation] amid great opposition. anon129554 1You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. 5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness: 6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

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