2 Thessalonians 1:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Thessalonians 1:4, NIV: Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

2 Thessalonians 1:4, ESV: Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.

2 Thessalonians 1:4, KJV: So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:

2 Thessalonians 1:4, NASB: As a result, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.

2 Thessalonians 1:4, NLT: We proudly tell God's other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering.

2 Thessalonians 1:4, CSB: Therefore, we ourselves boast about you among God's churches--about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and afflictions that you are enduring.

What does 2 Thessalonians 1:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Thessalonians met their persecutions and harsh trials with perseverance and resolute trust in God. Nothing moved them away from their confidence in God and their dependence on Him. As a result, Paul and his fellow missionaries boasted about the Thessalonians in their contacts with other churches. The church of the Thessalonians was setting a good example of faith under fire.

The apostle Peter also recognized that trials are a normal part of the Christian life. As one who walked with Jesus and listened to His teachings when He was on earth, Peter knew Jesus did not promise His followers an easy, prosperous life. Jesus had told Peter and the other disciples: "In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). In his first letter Peter explains that God uses trials to prove the genuineness of our faith, and having been proven to be genuine, our faith will "result in praise and glory and honor" when Jesus comes again (1 Peter 1:7).