1 Thessalonians 3New Life Version (NLV)
3 When we could wait no longer, we decided it was best to stay in the city of Athens alone. 2 And we sent Timothy to you. He works with us for God, teaching the Good News of Christ. We sent him to give strength and comfort to your faith. 3 We do not want anyone to give up because of troubles. You know that we can expect troubles. 4 Even when we were with you, we told you that much trouble would come to us. It has come as you can see. 5 For this reason, I could wait no longer. I sent Timothy to find out about your faith. I was afraid the devil had tempted you. Then our work with you would be wasted.
6 But Timothy has come to us from you. He brought good news about your faith and love. It is good to know that you think well of us and that you would like to see us. We would like to see you also. 7 Christian brothers, word about your faith has made us happy even while we are suffering and are in much trouble. 8 It is life to us to know that your faith in the Lord is strong. 9 How can we give God enough thanks for you for all the joy you give us? 10 We keep on praying night and day that we may see you again. We want to help your faith to be complete. 11 May our God and Father Himself and the Lord Jesus Christ take us on our way to you. 12 May the Lord make you grow in love for each other and for everyone. We have this kind of love for you. 13 May our God and Father make your hearts strong and without blame. May your hearts be without sin in God’s sight when our Lord Jesus comes again with all those who belong to Him.