Wednesday, December 1, 2021
I Thessalonians 2:1-12
I Thessalonians 2:1-12
 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our visit to you was not in vain;
 but though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philip’pi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the face of great opposition.
 For our appeal does not spring from error or uncleanness, nor is it made with guile;
 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please men, but to please God who tests our hearts.
 For we never used either words of flattery, as you know, or a cloak for greed, as God is witness;
 nor did we seek glory from men, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ.
 But we were gentle among you, like a nurse taking care of her children.
 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.
 For you remember our labor and toil, brethren; we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you, while we preached to you the gospel of God.
 You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our behavior to you believers;
 for you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you
 to lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?”
 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time?
 Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing.
 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.
 But if that servant says to himself, `My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk,
 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will punish him, and put him with the unfaithful.
 And that servant who knew his master’s will, but did not make ready or act according to his will, shall receive a severe beating.
 But he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, shall receive a light beating. Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more.
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