“For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.” (1 Thessalonians 2:9-12)
Paul loved the Thessalonians. The brief time he was in the city, he worked hard and loved on the people there. They bore witness to the work that Paul and Silas did in sharing the Good News and making disciples. And he wanted them to follow in his footsteps. He cared for them like a father to his children.
Let us this week care for those around us like that. Let us work hard and love on the people around us. Let us share the Good News and be about making disciples and encouraging others to do the same.