Men, in concluding this great chapter, 1 Corinthians 13 on the subject of love, the Apostle Paul states in verse 8 that prophecies, speaking in tongues, and knowledge shall vanish away, but God's agape love will never fail.
How tempting it is for us to allow the good to become the enemy of the best. Are we content as fathers to role model that which is good and miss out on that which is excellent? Men, I believe our families need fathers who have their spiritual priorities in such a place that this kind of love will be at the top of all virtues. There is nothing greater than love, for love is the predominate virtue of God's character.
The Apostle John in 1 John 4:7-8 states, "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." God is love personified.
To be a "good father" is not good enough. Our families need loving fathers. They don't only need gifted fathers, knowledgeable fathers, prophetic fathers, hearing fathers, tongues speaking/interpreting fathers, faith that moves mountains fathers, as good as these things are. They need loving fathers who reflect and represent the greatest likeness of our Heavenly Father.
Love is par excellence.