2 Thessalonians 1:2-5
(The Message) A letter from Paul, Silas and Timothy
Our God gives you everything you need, makes you everything you're to be. You need to know friends, that thanking God over and over for you is not only a pleasure; it's a must. We have to do it. Your faith is growing phenomenally; your love for each other is developing wonderfully. Why, it's only right that we give thanks. We're so proud of you; you're so steady and determined in your faith despite all the hard times that have come down on you. All this trouble is a clear sign that God has decided to make you fit for the kingdom. You're suffering now, but justice is on the way. 11 Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time - pray that God will make you fit for what he's called you to be, pray that he'll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something.