Encouragement to persevere

But we feel that we must be continually thanking God for you, brothers whom
the Lord loves, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved by the
sanctifying Spirit and by faith in the truth. Through the Good News that we
brought he called you to this so that you should share the glory of our Lord Jesus
Christ. Stand firm, then, brothers, and keep the traditions that we taught you,
whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and
God our Father who has given us his love and, through his grace, such inexhaustible
comfort and such sure hope, comfort you and strengthen you in everything
good that you do or say.
Finally, brothers, pray for us; pray that the Lord’s message may spread
quickly and be received with honor as it was among you; and pray that we
may be preserved from the interference of bigoted and evil people, for faith is not
given to everyone. But the Lord is faithful, and he will give you strength and
guard you from the evil one, and we, in the Lord, have every confidence that
you are doing and will go on doing all that we tell you. May the Lord turn your
hearts toward the love of God and the fortitude of Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, 3:1-5

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