1 THESSALONIANS 2:8
“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.”
I love Paul’s use of the phrase “Having so fond an affection for you.” That is literally one word in the original Greek, and it’s only used ONE time in the Bible. Right here! Whenever I see that in God’s Word, I ask myself why the Holy Spirit inspired that word just once. Just interesting to me.
But anyway, this word means to “be affectionately desirous.” Now, what does that mean? Remember, Paul is writing to the church folks in Thessalonica, so this has no amorous intention. He is simply telling them that he loves them. He was willing to lay down his life to share the gospel to them. He wants them to know how precious they are to him for the cause of Christ.
I know you love your children. I know you have strong affections for them. But do you love them as much as God does? Nope! Not possible. Our earthly love is no match for God’s love. We just think we love our children. No matter how much we love them, we still come up short on the love scale compared to God.
Let me ask you this. Do you have any spiritual children? Have you “birthed” anyone into the kingdom? If you have, then you have this same kind of affectionate desiring Paul had for the Thessalonians. You want them grow in Christ. You want them to produce fruit. You want them to… That’s God’s love, and only He can produce it.
Has God given you a burden for someone to reach for Christ? Go for it. Just think how you will feel when they surrender to Him. You will have this deep desire only possible through God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lover of my soul, I praise You for loving me so deeply. Give me the same depth of affection for those You allow me to touch. Let Your love flow through me.