kjv@1Thessalonians:3:1@ Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;
kjv@1Thessalonians:3:2@ And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
kjv@1Thessalonians:3:3@ That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
kjv@1Thessalonians:3:4@ For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
kjv@1Thessalonians:3:5@ For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
kjv@1Thessalonians:3:6@ But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:
kjv@1Thessalonians:3:7@ Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:
It is hard to know how people will react to pressure. You work hard to establish something. You may have to step aside knowing that the work is not yet completed but progressing forward. You hope and pray and send envoys to check in now and then, but, it is a nerve racking ordeal no doubt. The pressure these early churches were under was considerable. The forces (even Satanic) specifically following the team of Paul extreme. The hindrance mentioned may not have been so much upon the team being able to travel there as much as what their arriving might have brought. Were they ready? Was the lack in their faith something to do in the armament of believers against the Satanic warfare being experienced?
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