C. Its Fostering
1. The Care of a Nursing Mother
and an Exhorting Father
1 For you yourselves know, brothers, our 1entrance toward you, that it has not been ain vain.
2 But having suffered previously and having been outrageously treated, even as you know, in 1aPhilippi, we were bbold 2in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much cstruggle.
3 For our aexhortation is not out of 1bdeception nor out of cuncleanness nor in dguile;
4 But even as we have been 1aapproved by God to be bentrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as cpleasing men but God, who dproves our hearts.
5 For neither were we found at any time with aflattering speech, even as you know, nor with a 1pretext for bcovetousness; God is cwitness.
6 Nor did we 1seek aglory from men, neither from you nor from others, though we could have 2stood on our authority as bapostles of Christ.
7 But we were agentle in your midst, as a 1bnursing mother would 2ccherish her own dchildren.
8 1aYearning in this way over you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also 2bour own souls, because you became beloved to us.
9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: While aworking night and day so as not to be bburdensome to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.
10 You are witnesses, as well as aGod, how in a 1holy and righteous and blameless manner we conducted ourselves toward you who believe,
11 Just as you know 1how we were to each one of you, as a 2afather to his own bchildren, 3cexhorting you and consoling you and testifying,
12 So that you might awalk in a manner worthy of God, who 1bcalls you into His own 2ckingdom and 3dglory.
2. The Reward of Such Care
13 And because of this we also athank God unceasingly that when you received 1the word of God, which you heard 2from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but even as it truly is, the word of God, which also 3operates in you who believe.
14 For you, brothers, became 1aimitators of the bchurches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus, for you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they also from the Jews,
15 Who both akilled the Lord Jesus and the bprophets and cdrove us out; and they are not pleasing to God and are contrary to all men,
16 In that they forbid us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so that they afill up their sins always. But wrath has come upon them to the 1uttermost.
17 But we, brothers, having been 1bereaved of you for 2a little while, in presence, anot in heart, were more abundantly 3eager with great bdesire to see your face.
18 Therefore we wanted to come to you, indeed I Paul, both once and again, yet 1Satan ahindered us.
19 For what is our ahope or bjoy or crown of cboasting before our Lord Jesus at His 1dcoming? Are not even you?
20 For you are our 1glory and joy.