Summary: A Fathers Love based on 1 Corinthians 13.

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1 Corinthians 13:1-13 says, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

I. Protector - Father’s Protects his Family, Children

A. Fathers job is to Protect

1. Joseph protected Mary and Children

2. Abraham protected family

1 Corinthians 13:7 says, “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

B. God gives us a cover of Protection

1. We are his family and children

2. God protects with love and kindness

Psalms 40:11 says, “Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me.”

Psalms 5:11 says, “But let all who take refuge in you be glad;

let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”

II. Supporter – For Family and Children

A. Fathers show support to family and children

1. Always build up and never tear down

2. Support of father never leaves us

Psalms 94:18-19 says, “When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”

Job 4:3-4 says, “Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands. Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees.”

B. God’s support always been there for us

1. Call out to him for support

2. Never going to leave us

2 Timothy 4:16 says, “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.”

2 Timothy 4:18 says, “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

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