A Pastor’s Affection for His People

So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.  (1 Thess. 2:8 ESV, bold added)

More than ever I’m beginning to realize that Paul is not just a model for missionaries and church planters but a model for pastors as well.  On this verse Leon Morris adds, “Paul had come to see the Thessalonians as the objects of God’s love, and therefore as the objects of the love of God’s servants too” (1& 2 Thessalonians, p. 72).

This kind of affection is only seen in the giving of ourselves to the people God has entrusted to our pastoral care.

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4 Responses to A Pastor’s Affection for His People

  1. Matthew says:

    True – I was just reading the opening verses of 2 Corinthians today, and the same thought struck me

  2. T.C. R says:

    Yes, Matthew! I’ve actually been spending sometime in the first few chapters of 2 Corinthians, so I know of what you speak.

  3. ScottL says:

    I also love Phil 1:7-8 – It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

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