2 Corinthians 12:14 (NIV)
14 Now I am ready to visit you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.
In 2 Corinthians 12:11-21 we see Paul's fatherly heart for his church in Corinth. Paul was clearly hurt and upset by the criticisms and attacks he was hearing from people in his church, but he still loved them and saw them as his kids.
From Paul's writings in 2 Corinthians 12:11-21, we can see 5 traits of a loving parent:
1. A loving parent doesn't want to be a burden to their children (v13)
2. A loving parent is not interested in getting money or property from their children, but just wants to be close to their children (v14)
3. A loving parent gladly gives of themselves and what they have for their children (v15)
4. A loving parent has no ulterior motive when taking care of their children. They're simply concerned for their well being. They just want their kids to be happy, healthy, strong, wise, loving and obedient to God (v16, 20-21)
5. A loving parent does everything for the benefit of their children (v19)
Thank You, Heavenly Father, for the fatherly and motherly figures you have placed in our lives. Thank You for being the greatest and most loving parent of all, for doing everything for our benefit and giving yourself selflessly for us. In Jesus' name, Amen!