Gentleness is depicted in this photo along with absolute trust. Even now, two birds are taking their morning bath in my front yard, trusting the gentle water to cleanse them while enveloped by serenity and safety.
Paul saw the need for this with new believers. When troublemakers came attempting to bring conflict, Paul endured much pain for the sake of those who were still young in the faith.
Are we willing to suffer for those who receive the gospel? Are total strangers dear enough to us that we will not only refuse money/profit but endure discomfort for their sake?
Flattering words may produce “fast friends” but authentic encouragement will be highly influential to the next generation of believers.
– Teresa #joyintheHolySpirit #leadstosharingourownself
1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8English Standard Version
1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace.
The Thessalonians’ Faith and Example
2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly[a] mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers[b] loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.8 For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 9 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
Paul’s Ministry to the Thessalonians
2 For you yourselves know, brothers,[c] that our coming to you was not in vain. 2 But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. 3 For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5 For we never came with words of flattery,[d] as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. 6 Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle[e] among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.
- 1 Thessalonians 1:2 Or without ceasing
- 1 Thessalonians 1:4 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi(translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters
- 1 Thessalonians 2:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 9, 14, 17
- 1 Thessalonians 2:5 Or with a flattering speech
- 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Some manuscripts infants
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