1 Thessalonians 2:10-12 (JDV)
1 Thessalonians 2:10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how devoutly, righteously, and blamelessly we conducted ourselves with you believers.
1 Thessalonians 2:11 As you know, like a father with his own children,
1 Thessalonians 2:12 we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to live worthy of God, who invites you into his own kingdom and glory.
One of the joys of being a grandfather, is that I get to see how my sons-in-law gently lead their children. Your children grow up, and you forget how hard it was to raise them. Then they have children, and all the struggles of parenting are revisited in your memory.
I thank the Lord for sending my daughters husbands who care about their children, and gently lead them.
Paul and his missionary team brought a new group of congregations into being in Thessalonica, and they learned to lead those believers like a father with his own children.
Lord, show us how to gently lead new believers in Christ.