I Thessalonians 2: 1-8
You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure. We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed–God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else.
As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.
It appears to me that Paul, Silas and Timothy who had just recently been rejected, insulted in Philippi are now writing to remind and to encourage the church of the Thessalonians. Paul and others were holy and righteous, not a burden to the them, while they treated them with love like a father treats his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging them to live their lives worthy of God’s kingdom and glory. The Thessalonians, who were chosen of God, became imitators of God in spite of severe sufferings and became a model church to all believers because of the gospel that was preached to them.
Father you have chosen your Church to proclaim your gospel of Jesus Christ with your love and encouragement for all to live lives worthy of your kingdom. We ask that you fill us with your love that we will be your witnesses and others will receive you as Lord and Savior, in Jesus’ name, amen.