I give thanks to my God upon my every remembrance of you, always praying every prayer of mine for with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. I am convinced of this: that he who began a good work in you will accomplish it by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you are companions in my grace.
For indeed God is my witness, how intensely I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ. So this I pray, that your love may increase yet more and more with full knowledge and all discernment that you may determine what is excellent, so that you may be pure and faultless at the day of Christ, being filled with the fruit righteousness for the sake of Jesus Christ and for the glory and praise of God.