I Thessalonians 2:11-12 ” For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting, and urging you to live lives worthy of God, Who calls you into His Kingdom and glory.”

Wherever Paul traveled and planted new Churches the people became like his spiritual children. He called the Churches in Galatia and Corinth, “my dear children.” (I Corinthians 4:14 & Galatians 4:19) Likewise, to the young pastor, Timothy, he called him, “my son in the faith.” (I Timothy 1:2) And like a good father, Paul took seriously his responsibilities to his “children.” He didn’t shun his duties nor allow shame or guilt of his unsavory past to deter him from affirming what the Lord had done in his life. He used his past to point his “children” to Christ…exhorting them to, “live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Ephesians 4:1) Never allow the shame and guilt of your past to hinder you from sharing your story with others…for that is your calling.

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