We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;
But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.
We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;
Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.
“Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.
They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion.
Planted in the house of the Lord, They will flourish in the courts of our God.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.
But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.’”
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.
I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,
always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;
For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,
But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always think kindly of us, longing to see us just as we also long to see you,
For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account,
and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you;
Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder,
but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.