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  • Sharing Our Souls

    In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he expresses his care and concern for his readers by comparing himself to a nurse caring for her own children. He also states his willingness to share himself with them. He has shared his knowledge of Jesus Christ. He has shared his time as he taught them the gospel. He continues to nurture their faith by keeping in touch with them through correspondence and visits from other apostles.

    Paul also shares himself by writing what is on his heart. He addresses his hardships, how he has suffered and been mistreated.

    (1 Thess. 2:2). And he thanks God for the Thessalonians and expresses how deeply he cares about them (1 Thess. 1:2-10, 2:8). For many of us, that kind of sharing is reserved for a very few close friends and family members. But Paul takes the risk of sharing his soul in order to build a deep and lasting relationship with the church in Thessalonica.

    I think Paul would agree with the following thoughts about risk by an anonymous author.

    To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.

    To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

    To reach out for another is to risk involvement.

    To expose feelings is to risk rejection.

    To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk ridicule.

    To love is to risk not being loved in return.

    To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds is to risk failure.

    But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

    The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.

    One may avoid suffering and sorrow.

    But he/she cannot learn, feel, change, grow, or love.

    Only a person who takes risks is free.

    What about us? Are we willing to be vulnerable and share our souls with those we deeply care about? Are we willing to share our selves like God shared God’s self with us through Jesus Christ?

    Peace,

    Lee

    But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. 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 souls, because you had become very dear to us.

    1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 (New American Standard Version

  • Sharing Our Souls

    In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he expresses his care and concern for his readers by comparing himself to a nurse caring for her own children. He also states his willingness to share himself with them. He has shared his knowledge of Jesus Christ. He has shared his time as he taught them the… Read more

  • Sharing Our Souls

    In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he expresses his care and concern for his readers by comparing himself to a nurse caring for her own children. He also states his willingness to share himself with them. He has shared his knowledge of Jesus Christ. He has shared his time as he taught them the… Read more

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