1 Thessalonians 2:1-4
You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.
It’s clear from these verses that Paul (and others) experienced some difficulty – possibly from believers – while in Philippi at one time. It’s also possible that Paul is referencing persecution of some kind. Enter verse 2 – “but with the help of God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition.” In this, Paul persevered and took right action to please God. He didn’t do it to please people, or for any self-serving interests. He did it knowing that God tests the hearts of those who love Him. Your next “pop quiz of the heart” could be right around the corner.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.