I'm not writing this to make you feel ashamed but to instruct your as my dear children. I encourage you to imitate me. That's why I've sent Timothy to you to help you remember my Christian way of life as I teach it everywhere in every church. "
Persecution for the Love of Christ
There is a challenge in this lesson for us all. How do we put our personal feelings aside when we are rejected, even by friends? Here is Paul who is without any comforts of a home, hungry, poor, and roughly treated, and still he finds the words to encourage us to be positive.