For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that you had heard that he had been sick.…
I. A WORK OF CHRIST.
3. Commended by Him.
II. A WORK OF SACRIFICE. Requiring —
1. The renunciation of ease and comfort.
2. Often of health and life.
III. A WORK OF HONOUR.
1. Those who undertake it are justly esteemed.
2. Their preservation is a source of joy to the Church.
(J. Lyth, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.