President Theodore Roosevelt is first credited with saying, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” but it’s also kind of what Paul was saying to the Thessalonians in the first century.
 But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.  So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.1 Thessalonians 2:7–8, ESV
With his credentials, Paul could have demanded a hearing and even some sort of compensation, but instead, he went out of his way to serve and to give. He didn’t just show up to tell them something. He showed up to share his life and himself. As it was then, that genuine connection–not manipulation or control–is often missing in our world. It’s easier to be harsh than gentle. Building the foundation of a trusting relationship takes time and effort. Speaking one’s mind or sending a tweet take very little of either. How can we follow Paul’s example of relational disciple-making?