but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.18
We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God2 but our lives as well,3 because you had become so dear to us.
Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked4 night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone5 while we preached the gospel of God to you.
You are witnesses,6 and so is God,7 of how holy,8 righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.
For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,912
encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy10 of God, who calls11 you into his kingdom and glory.