The Message

1 Thessalonians 1

1I, Paul, together here with Silas and Timothy, send greetings to the church at Thessalonica, Christians assembled by God the Father and by the Master, Jesus Christ. God’s amazing grace be with you! God’s robust peace!

Convictions of Steel

2-5 Every time we think of you, we thank God for you. Day and night you’re in our prayers as we call to mind your work of faith, your labor of love, and your patience of hope in following our Master, Jesus Christ, before God our Father. It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special. When the Message we preached came to you, it wasn’t just words. Something happened in you. The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions.

5-6 You paid careful attention to the way we lived among you, and determined to live that way yourselves. In imitating us, you imitated the Master. Although great trouble accompanied the Word, you were able to take great joy from the Holy Spirit!—taking the trouble with the joy, the joy with the trouble.

7-10 Do you know that all over the provinces of both Macedonia and Achaia believers look up to you? The word has gotten around. Your lives are echoing the Master’s Word, not only in the provinces but all over the place. The news of your faith in God is out. We don’t even have to say anything anymore—you’re the message! People come up and tell us how you received us with open arms, how you deserted the dead idols of your old life so you could embrace and serve God, the true God. They marvel at how expectantly you await the arrival of his Son, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescued us from certain doom.

Mawu a Mulungu mu Chichewa Chalero

1 Atesalonika 1

1Paulo, Silivano ndi Timoteyo.

Tikulembera mpingo wa ku Tesalonika, umene uli mwa Mulungu Atate ndi Ambuye Yesu Khristu.

Chisomo ndi mtendere kwa inu.

Kuyamikira Chikhulupiriro cha Atesalonika

Ife timayamika Mulungu nthawi zonse chifukwa cha inu. Timakutchulani mʼmapemphero athu. Nthawi zonse timakumbukira ntchito yanu yachikhulupiriro, yachikondi ndi kupirira kwanu kwa chiyembekezo mwa Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu, pamaso pa Mulungu wathu ndi Atate.

Abale okondedwa ndi Mulungu, tikudziwa kuti Mulungu anakusankhani, chifukwa uthenga wathu wabwino sunafike kwa inu ndi mawu okha, koma ndi mphamvu za Mzimu Woyera ndi chitsimikizo chachikulu. Mukudziwa mmene tinkakhalira pakati panu kuti tikuthandizeni. Inu mwakhala otitsatira athu ndi a Ambuye; ngakhale kuti panali masautso akulu, munalandira uthenga mwachimwemwe chochokera kwa Mzimu Woyera. Ndipo potero munakhala chitsanzo kwa abale onse a ku Makedoniya ndi Akaya. Kuchokera kwa inu, uthenga wa Ambuye unamveka ku Makedoniya ndi ku Akaya ndipo mbiri ya chikhulupiriro chanu mwa Mulungu yamveka ponseponse. Choncho sikofunikanso kuti tinene kanthu, pakuti iwo amafotokoza za momwe munatilandirira. Iwo amatiwuza za momwe munatembenukira kwa Mulungu kusiya mafano ndi kutumikira Mulungu wamoyo ndi woona. 10 Ndipo mukudikira Mwana wake kuchokera kumwamba, Yesu, amene Mulungu anamuukitsa kwa akufa. Iyeyo amatipulumutsa ku mkwiyo umene ukubwera.