Bible: 1 Thessalonians 2:5-12

2:5 For we never appeared 1  with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed – God is our witness 2:6 nor to seek glory from people, either from you or from others, 2:7 2  although we could have imposed our weight as apostles of Christ; instead we became 3  little children 4  among you. Like a nursing mother caring for her own children, 2:8 with such affection for you 5  we were happy 6  to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. 2:9 For you recall, brothers and sisters, 7  our toil and drudgery: By working night and day so as not to impose a burden on any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God. 2:10 You are witnesses, and so is God, as to how holy and righteous and blameless our conduct was toward you who believe. 2:11 As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his own children, 2:12 exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you live in a way worthy of God who calls you to his own kingdom and his glory.
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