1 Thessalonians 2:1–8 (ESV)
Paul’s Ministry to the Thessalonians
2 For you yourselves know, brothers, 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, 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
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.
We see Paul’s purpose, it is to share in a relationship with Christ. Not a shallow relationship, but a warm and loving relationship. Like a mother tenderly feeding her child. Not harsh, but lovingly. At
the same time, they (Paul) have not come to tell them what they want to hear, but what they need to hear. A mother will be tender to her child, but she also will correct when the child needs correcting. “For we never came with words of flattery.”
They also did not come to receive praise and glory from the people. It is not about them, but all about God. They wanted to share a personal relationship with the people, not just lip service.
pray: O Lord, help us all to continue to grow in our relationship with you and with our fellow Christian brothers and sisters in Christ. Help us to reach out and teach, guide, and help others. Amen.