Motives



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    1 Thessalonians 2:3-7 says, “For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, [4] but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. [5] For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed— God is witness. [6] Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. [7] But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.

    When Paul addresses the people of Thessolanica, his motives were pure. He was not teaching error or trying or deceive them. He was not trying to please men. He was not speaking with words of flattery. He didn’t approach them with greed as a motive.

    Instead Paul spoke the truth as it is from God. The simple and truthful Gospel. He spoke it with gentleness as a mother caring for her own children.

    Our motives in speaking the truth should be the same. Pure motives. Not any error, deceit, or greed. Not trying to please men, but wanting to lead and teach as a loving mother teaches her children.