Author: Ron Graham
In 1Thessalonians 2:1 to 3:11, Paul reviews his work among the Thessalonians. We can find in Paul's comments, at least twelve important aspects of his ministry.
"Our visit was not a failure" (1Thessalonians 2:1).
"You are our glory and joy" (1Thessalonians 2:20).
"Suffered and were mistreated amid much opposition" (1Thessalonians 2:2).
"Satan hindered us" (1Thessalonians 2:18).
"Our exhortation was not from error, impurity or deceit" (1Thessalonians 2:3).
"You accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really was —the word of God" (1Thessalonians 2:13).
"We have been approved by God, so we do not speak to please men. We did not come with flattering speech, nor did we seek glory from men" (1Thessalonians 2:4-6).
"We were gentle among you, like a mother cherishes her little children. We loved you so much." (1Thessalonians 2:7-8).
"...imploring each one of you as a father would his own children" (1Thessalonians 2:11).
"Bereft of you for a short while, we wanted to come to you" (1Thessalonians 2:17-18).
"...working night and day so as not to be a burden to you" (1Thessalonians 2:9).
[Compare 2Thessalonians 3:8-9; 1Corinthians 9:14-15]
"You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly, uprightly, and blamelessly we behaved toward you" (1Thessalonians 2:10).
"Who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you? You are our glory and joy" (1Thessalonians 2:19-20).
"We really live if you stand firm in the Lord we rejoice" (1Th3:7-9).
"Timothy our brother and God's fellow worker" (1Th3:1-2,6).
"We were destined for this and so it came to pass" (1Th3:3-4).
"When I could endure it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith for fear that the tempter might have tempted you" (1Th3:5).
"Night and day we keep praying most earnestly that we may complete what is lacking in your faith our Lord direct our way to you" (1Th3:10-11).