1 Thessalonians 2:7-12
Last time we looked at how Paul explained that he came to Thessalonica for the right reasons and not for selfish reasons. Apparently those that chased him out of town were trying to discredit him. Paul made sure that those in the church as well as those outside the church understood that he came to give them the Gospel even though it could cause him persecution.
Is anyone curious about you and your life?
Are we living a life that others would want to know more about?
Are we walking worthy of God?
7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God you could try this out.
10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,
12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
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Paul after explaining how they didn’t act when they were in Thessalonica, begins to explain how they did act. He starts off by saying they were gentle, like a mother would be when nursing her child. Paul carefully handles, loves and nourishes those in Thessalonica.
Paul was affectionately longing for them. Paul didn’t just bring the Gospel but gave of himself. Many times people don’t want to hear you message until they know you really care for them. Paul gave of himself. Paul labored night and day, so that he would not be dependent on the people he ministered to. Paul didn’t want to receive anything from the people. Paul clearly was not in this for himself. A simple application is that we need to give of ourselves and also give the Gospel to people around us.
Paul then says you and God are a witness as to how devout and just and un-blamable we behaved when we were with you. Paul appeals to them to look at the record of his behavior before them. His behavior was the right Christian example.
This made me think. Could I in good conscience before God and others say that others should look at my life as an example of being blameless, devout, and just. People are putting Christians to the test. Are we living a life that others would want to know more about? Is anyone curious about you and your life?
Paul said that we want you to live the same type of life in front of others. He wants them to walk worthy of who they are in Christ. Are we walking worthy of who we claim to be? We are a child of the King. We have been forgiven. We are saints. We have been seated in heaven. This is our destination. Considering who we are now that we have been saved, are we walking like it. Do are actions reflect who we really are in Christ.
In verse 1 through 6 Paul is bold. In verse 7 through 12 he is gentle and loving and demands that others are the same. I have found that the best way to reach people for the Lord is tell them the truth in love. We need to be bold when telling people the Gospel. We need to make sure we tell them the truth before and after they get saved, but we also need to do it in love. We need to handle situations as a mother handles her newborn. We need to bring new Christians along, and teach them how to walk worthy. But first we must be the example, as Paul, Timothy and Silas were. They were great examples to the people of Thessalonica. The church was a powerful force in the region, but it started because of the boldness of Paul, and the love of Paul for the people.
I want to know what you think…Is anyone curious about you and your life?