What Makes Us Manly?

July 28, 2022

“Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. Do everything in love.”

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Might and Manliness

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase, “Act like a man”? For each of us, a statement like this will call to mind various images and for various reasons. We consider things like toughness and grit, masculinity and resolve. And while each of these things may definitely fall into a category of manliness, Scripture has more to say about what makes a man into a man.

So, what makes us manly?

Strength in Serving

In today’s verses, there are certain manuscripts that add the phrase “Act like men.” And we can see this welcome addition to these commands of Scripture. We can see the strength and determination needed to serve as leaders within our homes and churches, as demonstrated through these heedings of the Word of God.

But we often forget the last part of this passage: “Do everything in love.” We see this as Christ’s example of perfect manliness and godliness tied into one. His unwavering commitment to leading by serving those in His midst. May we as men seek to do the same.

Commanded for Courage

We too often forget that our call to love God with all we are commands that we use our courage and strength to fulfill His will. This means forsaking our pride in exchange for humility, just as Christ did. It means extending dignity to those around us who may experience God’s love for the first time through the ways we seek to love them.

So when we think about the question, “What makes us manly?”, we must make sure that the Scriptures dictate our answer. Too often, our culture guides the conversation, seeking significance and prominence through the things of the world. Let’s make sure that to “act like a man” means loving like Christ has done, giving Himself up for His bride, the church.

What Now?

Take a moment to consider your view of “manliness” and how it corresponds to your view of godliness. Are these two ideals intertwined? How can you praise and personify the notions of biblical manhood that will lead to greater kingdom flourishing?