Read 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Our brothers and sisters, you yourselves know that our visit to you was not a failure. 2You know how we had already been ill-treated and insulted in Philippi before we came to you in Thessalonica. And even though there was much opposition, our God gave us courage to tell you the Good News that comes from him. 3Our appeal to you is not based on error or impure motives, nor do we try to trick anyone. 4Instead, we always speak as God wants us to, because he has judged us worthy to be entrusted with the Good News. We do not try to please people, but to please God, who tests our motives. 5You know very well that we did not come to you with flattering talk, nor did we use words to cover up greed—God is our witness! 6We did not try to get praise from anyone, either from you or from others, 7even though as apostles of Christ we could have made demands on you. But we were gentle when we were with you, like a mothera taking care of her children. 8Because of our love for you we were ready to share with you not only the Good News from God but even our own lives. You were so dear to us!
Paul's harsh words are often quoted in sermons - but his gentle words are forgotten: "...we were gentle with you, like a mother taking care of her children."
As you share the good news of Christ, consider Paul's example, sharing the good news in gentleness and grace.