1 Thessalonians 2:10-13 (NIV)
You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of
God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not...