1 Thessalonians 1:4-7
4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,
5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words,
but also with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with deep conviction.
You know how we lived among you for your sake.
6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord;
in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message
with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.
7 And so you became a model to all the
believers in Macedonia and Achaia.