Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
I call God to witness--to whom I render priestly and spiritual service by telling the Good News about His Son-- how unceasingly I make mention of you in His presence,
I am telling you the truth as a Christian man--it is no falsehood, for my conscience enlightened, as it is, by the Holy Spirit adds its testimony to mine--
In making these assertions I am speaking the truth, as in the sight of God.
1 Thessalonians 2:5
For, as you are well aware, we have never used the language of flattery nor have we found pretexts for enriching ourselves--God is our witness;
I send him because he is longing to see you all and is distressed at your having heard of his illness.
Therefore, my brethren, dearly loved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand firm in the Lord, my dearly-loved ones.
2 Corinthians 13:9
and it is a joy to us when we are powerless, but you are strong. This we also pray for--the perfecting of your characters.
you for whom I am again, as it were, undergoing the pains of childbirth, until Christ is fully formed within you.
For I would have you know in how severe a struggle I am engaged on behalf of you and the brethren in Laodicea and of all who have not known me personally,
1 Thessalonians 2:8
Seeing that we were thus drawn affectionately towards you, it would have been a joy to us to have imparted to you not only God's Good News, but to have given our very lives also, because you had become very dear to us.
2 Timothy 1:4
being always mindful of your tears, and longing to see you that I may be filled with joy.
If then I can appeal to you as the followers of Christ, if there is any persuasive power in love and any common sharing of the Spirit, or if you have any tender-heartedness and compassion, make my joy complete by being of one mind,
Through the tender compassion of our God, Through which the daybreak from on high will come to us,
2 Corinthians 7:15
And his strong and tender affection is all the more drawn out towards you when he recalls to mind the obedience which all of you manifested by the timidity and nervous anxiety with which you welcomed him.
I am sending him back to you, though in so doing I send part of myself.
1 John 3:17
But if any one has this world's wealth and sees that his brother man is in need, and yet hardens his heart against him--how can such a one continue to love God?