The profile of a Godly man | Faith | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | February 14, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: February 10, 2016 at 2:46 pm
Two weeks ago, I shared with my readers three character traits as a profile of a Godly woman. Men, I am not going to leave you out of the scheme of things. Therefore, this week, I will be focusing on you.
There are so many characteristics that I could share about a Godly man, but I will share only three that I perceive among the top ones. There is an old adage that goes something like this: “No matter what a man does, he is still going to be called a man.” In the earthly sense, that is true, but in a Godly sense, that is far from the truth.
A Godly man is a man of faith, lives in the goodness of being content with what God has given him and fears God, not man. Hebrews 11:6 records, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” The explication for this verse of Scripture is clearly stated in the first nine words. How can a man please God if he has no faith? In spite of circumstances, in order to be a Godly man, he must have faith, setting an example for his family. If the head of the household has no faith, then what will eventually happen to his family?
A Godly man lives in the goodness of being content with what God has given him. I Timothy 6:6-11 sums up this characteristic perfectly. “Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs…”
Trying to keep up with the neighbors can bring on unnecessary pain. If they just purchased a brand new luxury car, that doesn’t mean that a man must go out and purchase one for his family, especially if he knows he cannot afford it. This does not mean that a man cannot prosper and have nice things. He must make sure it doesn’t soar above his means.
Another point on contentment and the Godly man is that he will keep his eyes and hands where they belong! Failing to do this can lead to irreconcilable differences in the home. According to Ecclesiastes 9:9, “Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.” Though no relationship is completely perfect, a Godly man should be content with his wife and not philander. What kind of example is a man setting for his children if he “plays the field.”?
Finally, a Godly man fears God, not man. II Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Trying to please others over your wife is not Godly. When this happens, the husband fears man instead of God. Being a man-pleaser is not admirable in the sight of God. Further, the man is showing his family that he doesn’t know how to rule (This does not mean insubordination!) his home. The order in a Godly household is husband, wife, and then the children, not others outside the home. If a man fears the thoughts and actions of man and cannot rule his home as God has charged him, then how can his sons one day rule theirs?
Let all of us keep in mind that children are observant of who we say that we are as Godly men and women as evidenced in this story, “My Daddy is a Man,” by Katherine Kehler:
“Our daughter Val and her family were getting ready to go home. They had spent Halloween evening with us, and we had a lot of fun. My husband set up a game of croquet downstairs using the legs of the chairs in place of the wire hoops; we watched fireworks and had freshly baked brownies with hot chocolate. They were ready to go when Bronson, our three-year-old grandson, announced, “My daddy is a man.”
The statement seemed to come right out of the blue, but he communicated much more than the words he spoke. His words and the way he said them said, “I love Daddy. I think my daddy is wonderful! I’m so proud of my dad. I am secure and happy because I have a good dad. My daddy is strong and my daddy loves me.”
Yes, he said all these things and more when he looked at us and said, “My daddy is a man.”
Have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him!
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)