1 Thessalonians 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
Paul speaks of his treatment of the Thessalonians when he was with them. As their spiritual leader he was very kind. He treated them like a nurse does a child. The idea is of how a mother treats her small child or the person who takes care of small children. The word gentle speaks of softness and kindness.
That is how I want to be as a pastor and spiritual leader. Every missionary and pastor should take special note of this verse and apply it to his ministry.
Tomorrow’s reading I Thessalonians 3
1 Samuel 18:27 Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king’s son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.
Saul requires 100 foreskins but david goes and gets 200. That is above and beyond the call of duty, that is going the second mile. I wonder how much we could accomplish if we would do more than just the minimum. What if we decided to do more than the average person? What might God do in our lives and ministries?
It is also interesting that what David did he did not do alone. He took his men with him. He was training and leading men. Everyone of us should have our man, the person we are training to walk with Jesus like we do. Who are you discipling, training, and mentoring for the work of God right now?
David showed initiative and motivation in his life and ministry. When he was a boy he prepared himself to be a man. He practiced the harp, the sling, his walk with God so that when the moment arrived he was ready for whatever ministry God had for him. We, each, would do well to learn from him.
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