5 Attributes of a Godly Man

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!

No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money
— Matthew 6:24
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
— 1 John 2:15

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:

  1. 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.

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
— 1 Timothy 4:12
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?
— 1 Timothy 3:1-5

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.)

5 Ways to Pray for Your Future Wife

2. Being Humble

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
— Philippians 2:3-4

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

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
— Colossians 1:9-10

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.  

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.
— 1 Timothy 6:11

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.

Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.
— 2 Corinthians 10:1

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.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
— Colossians 3:23-24

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!

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