7 But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. 8 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 (1 Thessalonians 2).
Presentation of the good news of Jesus Christ must involve more than mere words, as important as they are. This is because the story of the One who gave His life as a sacrifice, demands a sacrifice from the lives of those who tell it. For this is the proof that the gospel is really true, in that it makes its bearers like Jesus.
Those who share the gospel in truth really care about the ones to whom they are sharing it. They not only “impart” the gospel, but also their very lives. The people with whom they share the gospel become as “dear” to them as the gospel itself.
Lord, help us This Day to have a gospel-affection for others. Amen.