1 Thessalonians 2:5-8 (NRSV)
5 As you know and as God is our witness, we never came
with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed;
6 nor did we seek
praise from mortals, whether from you or from others,
7 though we might
have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among
you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children.
8 So deeply do
we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only
the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become
very dear to us.