1 Thessalonians 2:3-9 New International Version

3  For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. 4  On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. 5  You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed-God is our witness. 6  We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority.

7  Instead, we were like young children[1] among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, 8  so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. 9  Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.



Footnotes

[1] 2:7 Some manuscripts "were gentle"

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