Question: Is purpose spurred on by suffering?
Specifically, I am trying to connect 1 Thessalonians 2:1 and 2:2 in my head and it seems that what Paul is saying is that his purpose in Thessalonica was spurred by his suffering in Philippi. There is significant connections in Pauline writings about the suffering of those who follow Christ. See Philippians 1:29-30 and Jesus' words in Luke 9:23. What are your thoughts?