Gentle as a Nurse
A good nurse does not pamper her charge, but seeks his best interest with fortitude, consistency, and love. Paul's love for the new Christians at Thessalonica was like that. It was no sentimental feeling. He writes of having brought them the Word:
- In the power of the Holy Spirit, and with strong conviction. (1 Thes 1:5)
- Frankly and fearlessly, by the help of our God. A hard struggle it was. (1 Thes 2:2)
- We do not curry favor with men. Our words have never been flattering words...or a cloak for greed. (1 Thes 2:4,5)
- We have never sought honor from men, from you or anyone else....We were as gentle with you as a nurse caring fondly for her children. (1 Thes 2:6,7)
Here is the pattern for all who would do God's work with souls: faithful giving of the Word, a heart true and pure in seeking God's glory, gentleness, self-giving, and plain hard work.
This is, of course, by Elizabeth Elliott. :) How timely and appropriate.