A genuine love for others motivates us to serve them. Furthermore, a firm hope that looks with anticipation to Christ's return produces endurance in spite of persecution – something with which the Thessalonians were quite familiar.
The people of God constantly pulled from their past in order to understand better the present and, much like today, the past often was understood and interpreted in terms of the concerns of the present.
Mamoudou Gassama looked up and saw a young child dangling from a balcony four stories high. What happened next has caused people around the world to refer to him as a "real-life Spiderman."