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9 Bible Verses about Affection For God's People
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Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another.
Therefore we are relieved and comforted and encouraged [at the result]. And in addition to our own [personal] consolation, we were especially delighted at the joy of Titus, because you have all set his mind at rest, soothing and refreshing his spirit. For if I had boasted to him at all concerning you, I was not disappointed or put to shame, but just as everything we ever said to you was true, so our boasting [about you] to Titus has proved true also. And his heart goes out to you more abundantly than ever as he recalls the submission [to his guidance] that all of you had, and the reverence and anxiety [to meet all requirements] with which you accepted and welcomed him.
So, being thus tenderly and affectionately desirous of you, we continued to share with you not only God's good news (the Gospel) but also our own lives as well, for you had become so very dear to us.
For God is my witness how I long for and pursue you all with love, in the tender mercy of Christ Jesus [Himself]!
My little children, for whom I am again suffering birth pangs until Christ is completely and permanently formed (molded) within you,
And besides those things that are without, there is the daily [inescapable pressure] of my care and anxiety for all the churches!
But we behaved gently when we were among you, like a devoted mother nursing and cherishing her own children. So, being thus tenderly and affectionately desirous of you, we continued to share with you not only God's good news (the Gospel) but also our own lives as well, for you had become so very dear to us.
We continually give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), as we are praying for you,