1 Thessalonians 2:1-16, Psalm 99
Note how many times the word “Gospel” is used in our short reading today. There are four uses of this word not to mention frequent referral to the “word of God” which is about “Christ”. Then consider how Paul clarifies how this Gospel is presented. Paul says he was like “young children” which I take to mean to humble and also like a “nursing mother” which conveys a nurturing attitude. Paul adds he how much he loves these believers (1 Thessalonians 2:8). Again, Paul calls these Christians brothers and sisters and informs that he treated them like a father would their own children. Our Gospel must be presented with help from the Holy Spirit, like we learned yesterday. I would add when the Spirit is at work with our Gospel proclamation it will produce pastoral hearts, kindness, and incredible love. There is a particular posture that is fitting for our Gospel presentation and it is gentleness. As we let our Gospel dwell richly among us as we learned in Colossians 3:16-17 to do, let us also have tenderness attend that beautiful message.