1We couldn't wait any longer. So we thought it was best to be left by ourselves in Athens. 2We sent our brother Timothy to give you strength and hope in your faith. He works together with God in spreading the good news about Christ. 3We sent him so that no one would be upset by times of testing.
You know very well that we have to go through them. 4In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that our enemies would make us suffer. As you know very well, it has turned out that way.
5That's the reason I sent someone to find out about your faith. I couldn't wait any longer. I was afraid that Satan might have tempted you in some way. Then our efforts would have been useless.
Timothy Brings a Good Report
6But Timothy has come to us from you just now. He has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have happy memories of us. He has also said that you long to see us, just as we long to see you.
7Brothers and sisters, in all our trouble and suffering your faith cheered us up. 8Now we really live, because you are standing firm in the Lord.
9How can we thank God enough for you because of all the joy that comes only from our God? 10Night and day we pray very hard that we will see you again. We want to give you what is missing in your faith.
11Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus open up a way for us to come to you. 12May the Lord make your love grow. May it be like a rising flood. May your love for one another increase. May it also increase for everyone else. May it be just like our love for you. 13May the Lord give you strength in your hearts. Then you will be holy and without blame in the sight of our God and Father. May that be true when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.