Money is deceitful, and pride is vain: but a man that feareth the Lord, he shall be praised. No this is not a bible verse but it is should be the male equivalent of the "Proverbs 31 woman". Actions of some of our men have cast a dark shadow over our nation. While the majority does not represent the minority, mob mentality has influenced us for far too long. We need to address where we have failed. God created man and woman. He desired for us to be in this together. If we don't hold ourselves accountable, this already open wound may become irreparable.
What does it mean to be a God fearing man?
1. A man of faith
A man without faith will not be faithful in any regard. We must be grounded in the faith of God and share said faith with others.
“There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,
A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.”
“The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”
2. A man worthy to lead
Being of male gender does not a leader make. We must be willing to speak up on injustice of any kind and stand for what is right. God gave to man a responsibility that he should maintain.
“And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.
And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.”
3. A man of understanding
The way a man treats a woman speaks to something greater. It speaks to how he views Jesus and his relationship with us. The love, patience and fairness Jesus shows to us, should be returned to others.
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”
“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”
“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”
4. A man of his word
The word of God is of utmost importance to him. In like manner, our words must be truthful to God and to our fellow man.
“An honest man is surety for his neighbour: but he that is impudent will forsake him.”
“Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.”
5. A man of humility
We must be willing to receive correction and do so with grace. Our humility will be rewarded by God as he will exalt us in his time. As men we may feel like we have the weight of the world on our shoulders and have something to prove but God cares and will make a way.
“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
6. A man of sound mind
We have to be able to stand on the convictions God places on our hearts. The same standard we use to judge one matter should be applied across the board.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. ”
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
In the beginning, God breathed into man and he became a living soul. A man lead by the Spirit of God is the man God desires. Without his Spirit we are no greater than dust. The word of God says to mark the perfect man. We are a fair ways off but the good news is we have a perfect example in Jesus Christ. I was once guilty of neglecting many of the above mentioned but as the saying goes, when you know better you do better. I pray that as men, we no longer continue to repeat the same mistakes.
These are just some of the characteristics that make a man. Not only men of God but men in general. Feel free to leave a comment if you have other qualities you consider important. Thank you and God bless.