Marriage and Family
“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13
Calling all Husbands and Fathers!!
“Be on the alert”
There is a real enemy that wants you to be ineffective in your relationship with God, your wife, and your children. He is laying out traps for you and for me. We need to be on the alert! We need to keep watch so that we don’t fall into his trap.
“Stand firm in the faith”
Why? Many reasons, but I will give you just two. (1) Because salvation comes through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), and (2) Because your family is watching. How do you stand firm in the faith? Put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).
“Act like men”
I love this statement! I love it because our culture fights against men. Our culture has this idea that men and women are the same. Value doesn’t come from sameness; value comes from the author of the product. Men and women are equally valuable because God made them both. But men and women are different in body, heart, and mind. Men, what are you acting like? If you are acting like anything other than what God created you to be, then you are outside of God’s will for your life. Acting like men is not passive as our culture is trying to get us to be. Acting like men is acting with strength, love, and courage!
What does acting like men look like? Strength! What areas in your life are you showing strength? What areas in your life are you weak? Each one of us has weak areas. We should not allow our weak areas to consume us, but we should give ourselves to God each day and allow Him to strengthen us. When it comes down to it, when Paul says, “be strong”, I believe he is referring to us doing what is right. From the beginning of time, to do what is right takes much strength. God has not made men to be passive, God has made men to be strong.
Husbands and Fathers, our families need strong leaders. Our communities need leaders who will do what is right. Our churches need leaders who will stand on the Word of God. Passive men lead to despair and apathy, Godly Men bring light and life!
My encouragement for us this week: Be God’s Man!
If you are a woman, my encouragement for you this week: share this with a man in your life.