But though we had already suffered and been outrageously treated at Philippi, as you know, yet in our God we summoned courage to proclaim to you unfalteringly the good news (the Gospel) with earnest contention and much conflict and great opposition.
For our appeal does not from delusion or error or impure purpose or motive, nor in fraud or deceit.
But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the glad tidings (the Gospel), so we speak not to please men but to please God, Who tests our hearts .
For as you well know, we never resorted either to words of flattery or to any cloak to conceal greedy motives or pretexts for gain, God is our witness.
Nor did we seek to extract praise and honor and glory from men, either from you or from anyone else, though we might have asserted our authority as apostles (special missionaries) of Christ (the Messiah).
But we behaved gently when we were among you, like a devoted mother nursing and cherishing her own children.
So, being thus tenderly and affectionately desirous of you, we continued to share with you not only God's good news (the Gospel) but also our own lives as well, for you had become so very dear to us.
For you recall our hard toil and struggles, brethren. We worked night and day in order not to be a burden to any of you while we proclaimed the glad tidings (the Gospel) of God to you.
You are witnesses, and God , how unworldly and upright and blameless was our behavior toward you believers .
For you know how, as a father his children, we used to exhort each of you personally, stimulating and encouraging and charging you
To live lives worthy of God, Who calls you into His own kingdom and the glorious blessedness .
And we also thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe .
For you, brethren, became imitators of the assemblies (churches) of God in Christ Jesus which are in Judea, for you too have suffered the same kind of treatment from your own fellow countrymen as they did of the Jews,
Who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and harassed and drove us out, and continue to make themselves hateful and offensive to God and to show themselves foes of all men,
Forbidding and hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles (the nations) that they may be saved. So as always they fill up their sins. But God's wrath has come upon them at last !
But since we were bereft of you, brethren, for a little while in person, not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great longing to see you face to face,
Because it was our will to come to you. I, Paul, again and again , but Satan hindered and impeded us.
For what is our hope or happiness or our victor's wreath of exultant triumph when we stand in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not you?
For you are our glory and our joy!
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1. He will take away your guilt (vs. 4&13).
2. He will give you the goodness you need (vs. 5-10).
3. He will give you the guidance you need (vs. 11-12).
4. He will give you a grateful heart (vs.13 ).
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