True ministers preach in a godly manner—Converts are the glory and joy of missionaries.
1 For yourselves, brethren, know our aentrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:
6 Nor of men sought we aglory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
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 asouls, because ye were dear unto us.
10 Ye are awitnesses, 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 achildren,
13 For this cause also athank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
15 Who both akilled the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:
17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your aface with great desire.
18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his acoming?
20 For ye are our glory and joy.