"Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us." 1 Thessalonians 2:8 (New American Standard Bible - Observation)
This chapter speaks of Paul and company's sharing of the gospel with those who resided in Thessalonica. It also speaks to the behavior of those who heard the gospel.
Words I Love (Interpretation):
affection - Strongs #2442 - strong affection, yearning, longing and desire
impart - Strongs #3330 - give, share, impart
lives - Strongs # 5590 - PSYCHE - breath, life, soul (essences apart from body, set of feelings, desires, affections, eternal)....word is rendered "heart" in Eph 6:6 and Col 3:23 (heartily)
Life Lessons (Application)
- Paul's sharing of the gospel was evidentially credibly and relationally relevant.
- He shared not only the right WORDS but his very LIFE/SOUL with those he sought to introduce to Christ.
- All was done so that new believers would learn to walk in a manner worthy of God.
- In my own circle, its important to build relevant relationships as I seek to introduce others to Christ. THIS is at the heart of evangelism as I'm called to walk it out.
~ Coram Deo ~
Living all of life before the face of God...