1.3 work of faith, labor of love, steadfastness of hope... Parallel with Col. 1.4. This is a good one to chew on for a while.
1.6 imitators... In thinking what imitationn means, I am reflecting on what we can imitate about Christ. Nothing on physical appearance, little on specific mannerisms etc., very little if anything on hobbies, etc. Hmmm...
1 Thessalonians 2
2.4 to please God who tests our hearts... The fear of the Lord should be on the radar screen at all times.
2.8 but also our own selves, because you had become dear to us... A minister's aspiration.
1 Thessalonians 3
3.5 our labor would not be in vain... It seems that Paul kept score by finished well and not well begun (conversions).
3.6-10 I see the three themes of 1.3 in these verses two: faith in 6 & 7, standing fast reminds me of steadfast of hope, and the affection described is everywhere.