Ministers the Nursing Fathers of the Church
1 Thessalonians 2:7-8
But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherishes her children:…

In a church in Verona stands, or rather sits, a wooden image of St. Zeno, an ancient bishop, with knees so ludicrously short that there is no lap on which a babe could be dandled. He was not the first nor the last ecclesiastic who has been utterly incapable of being a nursing father to the Church. It were well if all ministers had a heavenly instinct for the nourishing and bringing up of the Lord's little ones. Is there not much lack in this? At the Synod of Moscow, held by King Goutran, A.D. 585, bishops were forbidden to keep dogs in their houses or birds of prey, lest the poor should be bit by these animals instead of being fed. Should not all ministers be equally concerned to chase away all morose habits, angry tempers, and repulsive manners, which might encourage the approach of inquiring souls who desire to know of us the way of salvation? Sunday school teachers may also take the hint.

(C. H. Spurgeon.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:

WEB: But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother cherishes her own children.

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