There are 100’s of passages of Scripture on the role of men in the church, family and society.
But there’s only ONE passage that sums it all up.
“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”1 Corinthians 16:13-14
While other passages certainly go in to more detail, none other comes close to encompassing what God designed our duties to be as Christian men.
In these verses, God, through the Apostle Paul, gives 5 commands.
Let’s break them down one by one…
1. BE WATCHFUL
Some versions translate it as, “Be on guard” or “Be alert!”.
1 Peter tells us that the devil is “prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.“
Our role as man is a protector. We must stay vigilant to the work of the enemy. Satan will try to trip us up at every opportunity. He easily seduced Eve in the garden, and tried to tempt Jesus in in the Wilderness.
We must stay on guard against temptation. We cannot let our defenses down or he will find opportunities to undermine us from within.
But it is not our duty to only be on guard against the enemy leading us to sin, it’s our job to be watchful for those God has put under our care as well.
God put MAN as the head of the household and as the leaders of the Church.
Men must stay watchful to protect their families from outside influence and temptation.
We must protect the church from those who wish to undermine it from within.
To be on Guard is our duty as men.
2. STAND FIRM IN THE FAITH
Not only must we be watchful and protect ourselves and our families from evil, we must stand firm when those attacks come.
…and they WILL come.
When society around us gives way to debauchery and sin,
When our schools want to indoctrinate our children,
When the world wants to cancel you for your beliefs….
It is then that men must stand firm on the doctrines of our faith.
When even the church gives in to pressure and allows itself to water down the gospel and allow woke, feminist, and LGBT ideas to come into it’s walls in the sake of “love”…
It is our duty to stand fast in the truth of the Scriptures.
3. ACT LIKE MEN
God wants men to be… ya know.. MEN!
He doesn’t want weak, effeminate, harmless men.
He wants men who will be Soldiers for the Kingdom, Warriors for the Gospel, and Fighters for the Faithful.
Some versions translate this command as “Be Courageous.”
Being a man is synonymous with courage.
Christian must be brave, courageous, and face fear with the confidence our faith.
4. BE STRONG
God told Joshua to “Be strong and courageous…for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Men need to be strong.
Men, husbands, fathers, and leaders cannot afford to be weak and spineless.
Too many Christian men today are weak.
They’re weak physically. Obesity is rampant in the church. They’re weak mentally and give up at the slightest pressure. They’re weak emotionally and have no place to learn how to handle feelings and emotions.
God wants men to be strong.
He wants physically strong men who can protect their families, and honor their bodies made in His image. He wants mentally strong men who keep fighting when the battle is hard. He wants emotionally strong men who can be caring fathers and husbands.
5. LET ALL THAT YOU DO BE DONE IN LOVE
God wants men to be warriors for His kingdom, but he also wants men to do all in love.
A man who is incapable of violence is not peaceful, he’s harmless.
But a true Biblical man is one who is capable of violence yet chooses peace.
The word “love” is probably the most misused word in the modern church.
Love today means to just accept everyone and their sin and all you need is to just love everybody and all will be well and happy and good.
That’s not love in the Bible.
Sometimes love is calling out a brother for his sin.
Sometimes love is standing up for the truth.
Sometimes love is telling somewhat what they need to hear, not what they want to hear.
Christ IS Love.
Men are to love their wives and families as Christ loves His Church.
That means being loving, caring, and gentle. But it also means leading, guiding, encouraging, and disciplining.
Men must show love in all they do.
There are many other commands and duties of men that God outlines in the Bible.
Yet these five commands in 1st Corinthians are great guidelines for how men should live their lives.
1. Be Watchful
2. Stand Firm In The Faith
3. Act Like Men
4. Be Strong
5. Do All In Love.
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