Tuesday, May 03, 2005

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

For you know yourselves, brothers, that our entrance among you has not been fruitless; but humiliated and insulted, as you know, in Philippi, we spoke out boldly in our God, telling you God's good news in every trial. For our encouragement did not come from deception or impurity or treachery; but just as we were approved by God to be entrusted with the good news, so we told it -- not in order to please men, but God, who proves our hearts. For we never entered into one word of flattery, as you know; nor into the pretences of greed, God is our witness; nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others; as Christ's disciples we were able to impose burdens, yet we became little children in your midst. As a wet-nurse cherishes her own children, so we yearned after you and were well pleased to share with you not just the good news of God, but also our own souls, because you became so beloved of us.

(My translation)

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