When the Thessalonian Christians heard the Gospel preached by this Pauline company, the Lord called them irresistibly to Himself, changing them from the inside out. Paul rejoices at their conversion that God wrought and also at their continued growth in grace. Are we marked by Gospel thankfulness? Are we thankful for the work God has done in our lives and also in the lives of fellow believers? Do we long, as did Paul, to see the lost converted?