Reflection on 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Scripture
How can we possibly thank God enough for the happiness you have brought us?

Observation
Peoples sometimes mistakenly think of Paul as being a bit hard-line and cranky. As this passage shows, he had a real tenderness for the church at Thessalonica.

One of the hallmarks of true apostolic grace is tender love for the church. Apostles are not there to dominate or control but to provide a father's nurture for the church. Sometimes this will take the form of a stern rebuke but most often it is tender hearted and full of love.

Application
As a pastor, I need to check my heart- do I have the same love for God's people that Paul had for the Thessalonians?

It's impossible to offer any form of genuine christian leadership or ministry unless it's founded on love and affection for the people of God.

Prayer
Thank you Father for the joy I get from the people I serve. Help me to maintain that deep sense of thankfulness always. Amen.

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