For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain. But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.
For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers.
—1 Thessalonians 2:1-10
by: Dale Rood.
Paul was writing on behalf of himself, Silvanus, and Timothy. Hence he uses the term “we” (v.2 and elsewhere). Their affection for the Thessalonicans was clear in verse 8 when Paul wrote, “[Y]ou had become very dear to us.” How did this affection work out? Two ways: 1) By the three of them supporting themselves and asking nothing of the Thessalonians (v.9); 2) More importantly, by offering them the “gospel of God” (v.8), free from error, uncleanness, and deceit (v.3), not pleasing men but God (v.4), that they “would walk in a manner worthy of the God” who called them (v.12).