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1 Thessalonians 2:6-9 (NIV)
6We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, 7but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.  8We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.  9Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.


Three Parts to a Godly Father:


1)  The Example of the Father

          1 Thessalonians 2:10 (NIV)
10You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.





2)  The Works of a Father

          1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 (NIV)
11For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.





3)  The Hope of the Father

           1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NIV)
13And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.


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