1 Thessalonians 1:7-10
So that you were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.…
A minister once entered an ancient almshouse, of which an aged couple were the inmates. Beside a little round table, opposite the fire, sat the husband, too paralyzed to move at his entrance, and with his hat on his head to keep off the gusts of wind which sifted through his chinky dwelling. His wooden shoe pattered on the floor unceasingly, keeping time to the tremour of his shaking frame; and, as he was very deaf, his visitor shouted in his ear — "Well, what are you doing? Waiting, sir." "For what? For the appearing of my Lord." "And what makes you wish for His appearing?" "Because I expect great things then. He has promised a crown of righteousness to all them that love His appearing." Some further questions were asked as to the foundation of his hope, when he slowly put on his spectacles, and, turning over the leaves of the large Bible already open before him, he pointed to the text — "Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God."
(E. P. Hood.)
Parallel VersesKJV: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.