Working hard and acting blamelessly for the sake of the gospel and others
Published December 6th, 2016; Updated December 6th, 2016
Paul's emphasis here falls on the fact that they acted in such a way so that the gospel could go forth well. In the beginning he stresses their toiling night and day so that they might not be a burden while they were there proclaiming the gospel. In the latter half of the passage, he then tells them that they know how they graciously and lovingly (like a father with his children) exhorted them to walk in this gospel. In short, Paul is putting the emphasis on his actions not for his own sake, but to show that all that he did, he did for their sake and the sake of the spreading of the gospel. Once again, as is the case thus far throughout the letter, the emphasis is on the gospel and on them receiving it and acting in it.
Main point summary
You remember how we worked hard and acted blamelessly in order that we could proclaim to you the gospel of God and exhort you to walk worthy of him.
1 Thessalonians 2:9-12
For you remember, brothers, b our labor and toil:
we c worked night and day,
that we might not be a burden to any of you,
while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.
You are witnesses,
and d God also,
e how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers.
For you know how,
f like a father with his children,
we exhorted each one of you
and encouraged you
and g charged h you
to walk in a manner worthy of God,
i who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
They worked hard, day and night, in order to not be a burden to them while the gospel was preached. In short, they did what they needed to do in order that there was nothing to diminish or distract from the gospel. This is admirable. Similar to 1 Cor 9.
You remember how we worked so hard so not to put anything in the way of gospel, and moreover, you remember how holy righteous and blameless was our conduct in general.
For you know how we exhorted, encouraged, and charged you to walk in a godly way.