Of the Thessalonians' to Paul's follow-up was tremendous.
Where as many people are hostile or indifferent to the word
of God because they have been subjected to legalism prior
to the time of Gospel hearing, the Thessalonians readily
accepted the message of grace. This acceptance effectively
worked in them, and they became actively operational.
Their witness and service for the Lord was a reality and
elicited thanksgiving in Paul and Silas.
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because,
when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye
received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the
word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that
1 Thess. 2:13
I know the plans I have for you,
declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you HOPE and a future.