1 Thessalonians 2:3-13 NIV

3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.

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4 On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.

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5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness.

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      6 We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority.

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      7 Instead, we were like young childrena among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children,

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        • 16 2:7 - S ver 11
        • c 2:7 - Some manuscripts "were gentle"
          8 so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

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          9 Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.

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          10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.

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          11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,

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          12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

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          13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

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