Reflection on 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

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Scripture

As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her children.

Observation

Paul recounts his ministry in Thessalonica. He has come to them with the gospel. His motives were pure, as all he wanted to do was to please God rather than people.

As an apostle he could have been a imposed himself on the church. Instead he was gentle like a mother caring for her little children, sharing his whole life with them.

Application

The mark of true apostles is gentleness. This is not to be confused with weakness, as those called apostles today and in the past, are strong personalities, They are not afraid to correct error but always in love for the church.

Any form of christian leadership or ministry that does not have the fruit of the Spirit manifested in it is false leadership or, at the very least, immature leadership.

Christians must never think the ends justify the means, that is that harming people to achieve a good outcome is allowable. Jesus told us that we must be wise as serpents but gentle as doves. The goals and directions we set must build others up not tear them down.

Prayer

Father, may I be an example to others of what it means to follow Christ. May the Spirit of Christ be obvious in all that I do for you. Amen.

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