Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
for God is my witness, to whom I am entirely devoted, in preaching the gospel of his son, that I constantly make mention of you, in my prayers, requesting,
I call Christ, and the holy spirit to witness with my conscience, that I speak the truth without guile, when I say,
what I write to you, I call God to witness is all true:
1 Thessalonians 2:5
our address to you was without any flattery, as you yourselves can witness, and God is witness that we had no avarice to disguise.
for he long'd to see you all, and was greatly concern'd, that you should hear he was sick. and indeed he was sick almost unto death:
Wherefore, my dearly beloved brethren, my joy and my crown, whom I long to see, continue firm in your christian profession, my beloved.
2 Corinthians 13:9
I am therefore glad when I am disarm'd by the strength of your integrity: and this is what I pray for, even your perfection.
my dear children, how am I in pain, till Christ be formed in you?
For I wish you knew how great my concern is for you, and for those of Laodicea, and for such as have never seen me in person:
1 Thessalonians 2:8
Our affection therefore to you being so great, we were as ready to give our lives for you, as we were to communicate the divine gospel to you, so much did you engage our love.
2 Timothy 1:4
when I call to mind your affliction, it makes me ardently desire the exceeding pleasure I shall have in seeing you:
If then there be any christian consolation, any charitable relief, any communion of the spirit, if any tenderness of compassion,
through the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun has visited us from on high,
2 Corinthians 7:15
and his affection to you is abundantly increased, whilst he remembers your obedience, and that fear and reverence with which you all received him.
I have sent him back, therefore receive him as one that I tenderly love.
1 John 3:17
he that possesses the enjoyments of life, and seeing his brother in want, has no compassion for him, how can he be said to have any divine love?