1 Thessalonians Chapter 3

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Timothy’s Visit and Report
  1. Therefore, enduring it no longer, we were pleased to be left behind in Athens alone.
  2. And we sent Timothy – our brother and fellow worker of God in the gospel of the Anointed – to firmly strengthen you and to encourage you for the sake of your faith,
  3. so no one is shaken by these tribulations.  For you yourselves have known that we are destined for this.
  4. For when we were with you, we were forewarning you that we’re about to suffer tribulation, just as it also came to pass, and you have known this.
  5. Enduring it no longer because of this, I also sent Timothy to ascertain your faith, lest somehow the one who tempts had tempted you and our labor might become worthless.
  6. But now, Timothy came from you to us, having announced the good news of your faith and love, and that you always have a good recollection of us; longing to see us, just as we long to see you.
  7. Because of this brothers, we were encouraged about you in all our distress and tribulation through your faith.
  8. because now we live if you stand firm in the Lord.
  9. For what thanks can we give to God about you, on account of all the joy with which we rejoice before our God because of you?
  10. Night and day, we’re greatly imploring Him to see your face and to supply what lacks in your faith.
  11. And may our God and Father Himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you.
  12. And may the Lord make you abound and overflow in love(1)The Greek word here “ἀγάπη” (agape), typically translated “love”. However, unlike our English word “love” – which primarily speaks of affection and feelings – agape centers on preference.  In the verb form, it literally means “to prefer” or “show preference for”.  In the New Testament, that usually means “moral preference”, or “actively preferring what God prefers” in what we do, not just in what we feel.    It’s the “love” based on will, choice, decision, and action; not feelings.  (Feelings-based love is the Greek word “φιλέω” (phileó), which properly means “brotherly love/affection”.) for one another and for all men, just as we also do for you,
  13. in order to strengthen and establish(2)“strengthen and establish” is one word in Greek, which can mean either depending on the context. It literally means to “fix firmly”, with the idea of either setting something up in a firm position (establish) or adding support to make it firm (strengthen). your hearts as blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. [Amen]

 

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