Love Like a Mother & Exhort Like a Father
The command and instructions of the great commission passage in Matthew 28:19-20 focus life on a ministry of the WORD to PEOPLE. The great command passage of Matthew 22:34-40 calls each believer to prioritize life with a love for God and a love for one another. Those in love with the Lord God will by means of the Holy Spirit’s enabling grace model Christ’s love, care, and teaching in their one-another relationships. 1 Thessalonians 2 captures the scope of this care when Paul reminded the Thessalonians that he was gentle among them like a nursing mother (2:7) and then exhorted them like a father (2:11-12).