With some food, shelter and minimal nurturing, 95 percent of males will grow up to become 18- to 21-year-old adults. Unfortunately, time alone doesn’t make a real man.
The real measure of a man is what he does and the decisions he makes every day. Manhood is about skills, not age.
From my personal shortcomings and through my professional education and experience, I have learned that as one walks with God, 14 skills and characteristics help make a real man.
1. Vision: Know your place in the big story. Your story is a small chapter in God’s grand narrative. God is the Creator, Author and Authority. You aren’t God and aren’t as smart or powerful as God. Make Him, not you, your Lord and let His instruction manual be your life’s guide.
2. Power in the mind of Christ: In 1 Corinthians, Paul teaches us that we have the mind of Christ, so let’s use it. When tempted in the desert or persecuted before His crucifixion, Jesus used His mind to control Himself, submit to and understand His Father’s will and fight temptation. You are in a war, and the battlefield is your mind. Absorbing God’s Word, engaging with God regularly and exercising your mind by making godly decisions is powerful.
3. Gratitude: When life is going well, we often get proud and arrogant, which leads to mistakes. When we are prideful, we do things on our own and forget God’s power and wisdom. When life is going well—and when it’s not—be humble and thankful and acknowledge God.
4. Godly character in adversity: Adversity shows your true colors. When adversity strikes, show godly character. Be a clear thinker and a problem-solver; don’t generate more problems with your attitude or instability. Your response to adversity shows whether you are just a hearer of the Word or actually a doer of the Word.
5. Courage: When you see injustice, stand up for what is right. Don’t cave to the opinions, power or influence of evil. Regardless of the repercussions, be a clear protector of truth and right—with an attitude of love.
6. Servant’s heart: Especially amid differences of opinion, put the other person’s needs in front of your own, unless the request is psychologically and spiritually unhealthy for them or for you. Be a servant to the people whom God has put in your life.
7. Relational mind: God wants our relationship more than our obedience. He doesn’t make us clean ourselves up before we can be adopted by Him. Obedience without relationship makes a robot. Value relationship above obedience.
8. Leadership: True leadership requires having godly influence, often by serving, never by overpowering or controlling. Be a godly influence to those around you. Doing the right thing with the right attitude in the right relational way will influence others positively and prevent them from influencing you negatively…Read More
Source and Original Content by Charisma News
WHAT DO YOU THINK?- We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.
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