Encouraged by your faith (1 Thess. 3:7)

“Brothers!

For this reason,

During all our distress

And our sufferings,

We have been encouraged

About you

Through your faith.”

διὰ τοῦτο παρεκλήθημεν, ἀδελφοί, ἐφ’ ὑμῖν ἐπὶ πάσῃ τῇ ἀνάγκῃ καὶ θλίψει ἡμῶν διὰ τῆς ὑμῶν πίστεως,

Paul said, “Brothers (ἀδελφοί)!  For this reason (διὰ τοῦτο), during all our distress (ἐπὶ πάσῃ τῇ ἀνάγκῃ) and our sufferings (καὶ θλίψει ἡμῶν), we have been encouraged (παρεκλήθημεν) about you (ἐφ’ ὑμῖν) through your faith (διὰ τῆς ὑμῶν πίστεως).”  Paul indicated to his fellow Christian brothers in Thessalonica that anytime that he was distressed or suffering, he was encouraged by the faith of the Thessalonians.  Thus, it was the faith of this developing community church in Thessalonica that sustained Paul in his sufferings.  What sustains you when you are suffering?

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