Emotional Repentance?

In studying for 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10, the issue of repentance has come up. In this passage, Paul is recounting both his arrival (with Silas and Timothy) into Thessalonica as well as their reception of them, which is summed up in v.9. As a result of  powerful preaching (the power of the Spirit and the message and not personal power of Paul-v.5), the elect in Thessalonica (v.4) believed in Jesus Christ and thus were justified before God. Now, what is interesting is the wordplay that Paul uses concerning the effect the gospel had upon these dear people. They 1) believed the gospel (vv.5,8), 2) turned from idols (v.9), 3) turned to God (v.9). They now (then) serve God and wait for the return of His Son, Jesus Christ. These were faithful disciples. These were people in whom true salvation was evident; so much so that the entire known world was talking about their faith (v. 8). That is the power of the gospel! It alone is the power of God (Romans 1:16). It is the only message that brings faith, repentance, and righteousness. It is important, critical really, to keep in mind that only true repentance, one that God produces (cf. 2 Timothy 2:25; Acts 11:18; 2 Corinthians 7:10) and thus recognizes, leads to eternal life. Thus, salvation is all the work of God, even the faith to believe is from Him. To God alone belongs the glory!