In general, society considers a man of value to be one who has a good profession, a healthy bank account and an attractive personality. However, the Bible shows us a quite different model.
Men like Moses, Noah, Stephen, Paul and, above all, Jesus, our best example, are distinguished in the Bible. For them the goal was to always please God, serve and love him above all things . They dedicated their lives to God and followed him in obedience regardless of consequences, teasing, loss of reputation, or death. That is being a true man of courage!
Let’s look at 7 of the main characteristics that distinguish a man of value.
1. Love God above all things
The man of courage feels no shame in showing his love for God, prostrates himself before his presence in adoration and empties his heart before him. Show your love to God by loving and serving others. His life is full of praise, sincere worship of God and fully trusts in the love and faithfulness of his heavenly Father.
2. Seek the wisdom that comes from God
He knows that true wisdom comes from God. This is why he strives to fill his mind and heart with the truths of the Bible. Pray and meditate before God for your help and guidance. Memorize Bible verses and watch for opportunities that are presented to put into practice what you learn. He delights in the Word of God and makes his decisions based on firm biblical convictions.
Blessed is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked, neither stops on the path of sinners nor cultivates the friendship of the blasphemers, but delights in the law of the Lord, and meditates on it day and night.
(Psalm 1: 1-2)
3. It is full of the Holy Spirit
In him the Holy Spirit of God dwells and his life gives clear samples of the fruit of the Spirit. His kindness, humility and self-control are known to all. He does not let his sinful nature dominate but submits his whole being to the lordship of God to perfect him and help him overcome the struggles that arise.
His life and character testify to the transformation that God has made in his life. Let God examine you, take away what you don’t like, and fill it daily with your Spirit and your power.
4. Love your neighbour
Love governs your relationships with others as you have experienced God’s love and grace for yourself. His family, both biological and spiritual, feels safe with him because his dealings with them are one full of kindness, respect and honor.
I give you this new commandment: that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. In this way everyone will know that they are my disciples, if they love each other.
(John 13: 34-35)
The man of courage knows that the best testimony he can give about the work of God in his heart is to sincerely love those around him. He lives to exalt God in all that he does and his great desire is that Christ be glorified in his life.
5. Knows how to forgive and ask for forgiveness
He is patient and kind to others because he remembers all the patience and love that God has had with him throughout his life. He has experienced God’s forgiveness and has been released from the power of sin. He recognizes that he is imperfect and that it is only by the grace of God that he is where he is. That is why he manages to empathize with others in their struggles, understanding the importance of recognizing their mistakes and asking for forgiveness and forgiving.
... so that they tolerate each other and forgive if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord forgave you, forgive you too.
6. Has own domain
Its true strength arises from within. He does not let himself be dominated by emotions or passions but reigns over them with the power he receives through prayer and the filling of the Holy Spirit. It is not impulsive but reflects before the Lord before making important decisions and always acts in accordance with God’s will.
Know your freedom in Christ. He knows that it is thanks to redemption through Jesus that he is free from the power of sin and condemnation. However, do not hide in that freedom to do what you want. Evaluate the possible consequences and choose to do what will result in your well-being and that of others, always in accordance with God’s commandments.
Everything is allowed, but not everything is helpful. Everything is allowed, but not everything is constructive.
(1 Corinthians 10:23)
7. Obey God
The man of courage follows the example of Jesus and other great men mentioned in the Bible: he delights in doing the will of God at all times. Obey the Father even if it is not the most popular or accepted among others and does so out of love, not obligation. He knows that God always has good things for his children and fully trusts in the goodness and care of his Father.
He knows the Bible well and his actions reflect that he lives under the authority of God and his laws.
In my heart I treasure your sayings so as not to sin against you.
(Psalm 119: 11)
Be a man of courage and live according to the will of God! You will not regret.