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Affectionately Desirous

1 Thessalonians 2:7: But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: 8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. 9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. 10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: 11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, 12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

Even if there was no one of whom you are affectionately desirous, you must take delight in the phrase. Paul and his helpers were affectionately desirous of the Thessalonians because God was too. Is that the way you feel toward other believers? It should be. Do you demonstrate that or do you avoid their fellowship by skipping church? It would be worth reading the passage above over and over and learning how Paul and his helpers demonstrated that they were affectionately desirous.

Romans 1:8: First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; 10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; 12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. 13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.

John 14:1: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father*s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

The word lovingkindness appears 28 times in the Old Testament but not once in the New Testament. The word kindness appears in both. Do those words describe your feelings for God and others? They do describe His feelings for you!!!

Psalms 26:3: For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth. 36:7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. 36:10 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart. 40:10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. 11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me. 42:8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. 48:9 We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple. 51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

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