In Proverbs 6: 16-19 the Bible tells us that “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers”. I have known men on both sides of this aisle. I know men that are faithful, good fathers, hard working, compassionate and loving. I also know some men that are scum bags, bad fathers, self loathing, disrespectful, criminals and very bad examples of what a man should be.
I make the decision to be around men of character not those that are bad examples. God had called all men to be of good character and faith. He has called us to be examples of good, hard working, honest, forthright and champions of a great cause. He did not call us to be criminals, drug addicts, murderers, bad fathers, drug pushers, violent, controlling and all the other sinful ways the world promotes. God gave us choice when we were created and we live and die by those choices. I often ask people what is your why and how can you be the best you can be. I ask men why they chose themselves over the kids, spouse and family.
In 2nd Peter 1: 5-8; the Bible also tells us how to be a good man with Godly character. “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”.
Being a Godly man, a leader, a father, a hard worker, a mentor, a husband, and most importantly a Christian example is hard. It requires time, energy and patience. It requires commitment, dedication, discipline and determination to be a winner as a Man and in life. Choosing to be anything else less is a let down for the family unit, the kids and the world. We choose our path, we walk our path and we are rewarded for those decisions in life. What kind of man are you and how do you live your life. Below are five ways to get on the path of being the best you can and live the life as a Godly man as called for by our father and God.
- Live life with a servant heart. Being a good man, father, son, brother, worker, companion, husband and mentor requires a servant heart. God calls us to serve and lead!
- Pray daily asking for Gods guidance, influence, grace, mercy and forgiveness. Seek God and he will bless you and guide your decisions on life.
- Take a look at your current status as a man and see what changes may need to be made to be a better man.
- Make your family the priority in life. Do not choose other activity over your wife and kids.
- Do not talk about it, be about it. Be the man you are called to be by God.
Ephesians 6:4; Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Romans 8:14; For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.