For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:11–12 - ESV)
Paul is not done with his efforts at transparency with the Thessalonians. He has moved on to another example, this time, instead of likening himself to a mother who is gentle, he has likened himself to a father who now puts them under pressure for action.
There are three things he says he has done:
- Exhorted: Called up. Called to action. Called alongside.
- Encouraged: A step further. Called to action with an "I'm in this with you" attitude displayed.
- Charged to Walk: Very much a "Go get-em" feel.
And lest you forget the role of God in all of this, he mentions that it isn't Paul and it isn't random that they are being exhorted, encouraged, and charged... It is a calling of God.