5 Attributes of a Godly Man
The Bible clearly defines what it means to be a man of God. The majority of us (including myself) often forget to live the way the Bible says we should live. Now of course there is grace because of the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross, but that does mean we should live by the ways of the world!
There are SO MANY characteristics that God expects every man to live by, and I hope to go over those characteristics in other posts. In the meantime, here are 5 characteristics godly men need to have:
Being a Leader
God wants us to take initiative in order to set an example so that we may glorify Him. And men, being a leader is NOT something you become only at a certain age/milestone. Whether you are in college, early career, single, or married with grown up kids, you are called to be a leader where you currently are in life.
Teach God’s word (yes, even if you aren’t a pastor), pray over your friends and family. If you are married, pray for your spouse – if you are not, then pray for your future spouse. (I wrote a blog post on ways you can do that, which is linked below.)
2. Being Humble
How do we be humble? It is difficult to say – sometimes we may try to be humble, but our attempts at being humble can make us not actually be humble. Placing others before yourself is one of the most difficult things we can do (it isn’t in our sinful nature), so the best thing we can do is ask for God’s help. All things that are good come from Him.
3. Being Fruitful
I am using this verse from Colossians as an example of fruitfulness, since Paul isn’t just telling the believers at Colossae to be fruitful – Paul himself is being fruitful by simply saying that he is praying for them. Leading up to this verse Paul is encouraging the Colossians for the faith and their understanding of the truth.
As members of the one body of Christ, we should build each other up - so why would we tear apart another member of the same body?
4. Being Gentle
This is one of the hardest characteristics for men to live by, and it is one characteristic that men often forget about.
Now to modern society gentleness is being soft-spoken or quiet in nature, but that is not the gentleness the Bible talks about! A biblical gentleness requires having humility, being meek and lowly amongst the people around you, and by being kind. So being soft-spoken or quiet is not necessarily a sign of gentleness, for those characteristics don’t always come from God. Now there is nothing wrong with being a quiet-natured person – Jesus himself was quiet when he needed/wanted to be (Matthew 26:36 and Luke 5:16 come to mind), but he was also bold and firm in faith.
5. Being a Servant of the Lord
The most important attribute a man of God should have. Now of course this is something both men and women of the Kingdom should have, but nonetheless it is important to bring it up.
Again, there is so much more to the character of a true man of God that it is difficult to cover everything in a short blog post. I think I will eventually dig deeper into each attribute and write about them in separate posts. If you have any questions or if you just have anything to add on to what I had to say about the characteristics above, please comment below (or send me an email!) and I will respond as soon as I can!