1 Thessalonians 2:7
...We went gentle among you, even as a nurse cherishes her children.
Paul is continuing his encouragements of the believers at Thessalonica by using the analogy of a nurse caring for her children. Paul exhibited his caring love for all those he encountered on his missionary journeys and Thessalonica was no exception.
Believers for all generations are encouraged to model their nurturing after Paul's example, because in doing so we are emulating the love and care of God. God is love and shows His love and compassionate care daily. He loved us when we didn't love Him in return.
Another note on nurturing others in love, missionaries show genuine love as they minister and proclaim the gospel message of Christ to many in un-churched nations around the world. Many of the people in these areas respond in kind with love and care for the missionaries.
Our nurture begins with our witnessing Christ to the unsaved and then providing support aiding the new convert as he or she navigate this Christian journey. Mature believers warn the new convert of the pitfalls he/she is sure to encounter for being associated with Christ.
How do mature believers nurture new converts? This is accomplished through Bible study; prayer and meditating with the new convert on regular basics. Mature Christians' acts as a mentor to new converts and this continues as the end goal is to make disciples of the new convert.
Nurturing in love has a pebble affect in the faith community that promotes church growth.