‘ I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first.
“Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.
They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green,
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
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.
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
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,
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 the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
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.
‘ I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;
‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.