Paul, Silas, and Timothy (see 1 Thess. 1:1) were no softies. They stared down some of the worst trials the ancient world could throw at them (2 Cor. 11:23-27). Yet they weren't callous either. They were deeply in touch with their emotions and motivated by a powerful love for the church in Thessalonica, even going so far as comparing themselves to a caregiving mother (v. 7). Real men are motivated ...
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Lord, you designed emotions, and they are a good thing. Please help me to keep my emotions in proper balance, and let them be a catalyst for loving you and those around me.
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