1 Thessalonians 2:7-13
As emissaries of the Messiah, we could have made our weight felt; but instead, we were gentle when we were with you, like a mother feeding and caring for her children. We were so devoted to you that we were glad to share with you not only God’s Good News but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us. For you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship, how we worked night and day not to put a burden on any of you while we were proclaiming God’s Good News to you. You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless our behavior was in the sight of you believers; for you know that we treated each one of you the way a father treats his children — we encouraged you and comforted you and appealed to you to lead lives worthy of God, who calls you into his Kingdom and glory.
Another reason we regularly thank God is that when you heard the Word of God from us, you received it not merely as a human word, but as it truly is, God’s Word, which is at work in you believers.
Here we see how father's are to treat their children, ENCOURAGE THEM; COMFORT THEM; APPEAL TO THEM TO LEAD LIVES WORTHY OF GOD! God calls us who believe to thank Him when we hear the Word of God and we are to receive it as a word from God. That Word is at work in each believer! See, Hear and Do the Word of the Lord you father's!
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