Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us. For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:8,13
Paul’s affectionate experience with the believers in Thessalonica followed his mistreatment in Philippi. All of this was part of the fulfillment of the Macedonian call to evangelize the people in the area we know of as Greece. The people accepted the gospel that Paul was preaching as the very Word of God and it changed their lives, literally “performing the work”.
Do I have the same confidence in the life-changing power of one Christian sharing the Word of God with another person in a loving way? Yes! This is what its all about. Its really that simple.
God, I believe you have given me three people to reach out to today. May they accept the Word of God as new born babes desiring pure milk. Give me favor with them and an affection for them. In Jesus name. Amen.