“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
What does it mean to be a man of God or a Godly man? It probably depends on who you ask. Some would say that being a man of God is a drab existence, while others would consider a godly man to be weak. While still others would suggest the exact opposite.
Being a godly man is being a man of strength. Not the Arnold Schwarzenegger muscle-rippling kind of strength, but a strength of mind, heart and spirit. A strength that comes from a man who knows what he believes and stands firm for what’s right. A strength in recognizing right from wrong and confessing when he has given into the latter. A strength that is confident enough to do right, choose right and be right. If you want to be a man that is great, be strong enough to stand your ground and hold on to your values, beliefs and, most importantly, your God. In other words, don’t give in when you are challenged, attacked, or criticized. “For see, today I have made you strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar or a bronze wall.You will stand against the whole land— the kings, officials, priests, and people of Judah. They will fight you, but they will fail. For I am with you, and I will take care of you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” – Jeremiah 1:18-19
Men of God also have compassion. You can always evaluate a man of God by his heart. Does his heart move for the things that move God’s heart? Is he moved by struggles in the lives of loved ones? Is he affected when things are not as they should be in life, in situations, in relationships? A man of God allows his heart to be moved and then allows his actions to follow his heart. A great man is full of compassion and love because he has the heart of Jesus.
Finally, men of God have humility. A man of God doesn’t need to talk up who he is, because his walk does that for him. A man of God puts away his “rights” for the right to be selfless, loving and full of grace. As we so often point out, the greatest example of humility is found in Jesus. A man who laid down his rights and made Himself nothing in order to be an example of undying love for all people, Great men seek to do the same.
- Read I Corinthians 15:58: What does this verse mean to you?
- What can we do this week to be a person of compassion and humility?