Study 4 – 1 Thessalonians 2:5-12 – Loving Service

September 16, 2012

in 1 Thessalonians Study

Read 1 Thessalonians 2:5-12

There is a sweetness about this particular passage that is precious to
all who have experienced fulfilling relationships in the church. When
the love of Christ is allowed to flow freely the results can be
fellowship that is sweet and memorable.

“For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a
pretext for greed—God is witness— 6 nor did we seek glory from men,
either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we
might have asserted our authority. 7 But we proved to be gentle among
you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. 8 Having
so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you
not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had
become very dear to us.

9 For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night
and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you
the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly
and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; 11 just
as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each
one of you as a father would his own children, 12 so that you would
walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom
and glory.” 1 Thess 2:5-12

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