For you know that I dealt with each of you as a father deals with his children.
Paul worked day and night in order to support himself and not be a burden to anyone while he preached the gospel among them.
He was righteous and blameless. He was like a father to the church, encouraging, comforting and exhorting each person to live lives worthy of God’s kingdom.
Paul very much gave his heart to the church at Thessalonica. He describes himself like a mother (v. 7) and now like a father to them.
We all need spiritual fathers and mothers to help us grow into maturity in Christ. The kingdom is totally relational in character, rather than hierarchical or institutional.
Spiritual fathers will give their hearts to us, leading us into places of healing and restoration.
We need to give our hearts to our fathers also, loving and encouraging them in return.
No matter how far we progress in the life of the Spirit, there will always be people who can teach, mentor and encourage us on the journey.
Father, I thank you for the spiritual fathers in my life. Help me to grow and mature under their care, and to reach out to others who might need me ti be a father to them. Amen.