A Biblical Man is a Promoter of Biblical Principles and Virtues
A biblical man is a promoter of truth, biblical virtues, and principles. This is made apparent in the books of Deuteronomy, 2 Peter and 2 Chronicles.
These verses clearly explore the virtues that a godly man should uphold, and the character he should emulate.
The Example of Jehoshaphat
Using the example of Jehoshaphat in the book of 2 Chronicles, Chapters 17 – 20, we clearly see the dangers of compromising with the world.
Jehoshaphat was a godly man who sought the Lord and walked in His commandments. He exalted the ways of the Lord, removed idols in the land, and sent teachers to educate his people on the ways of God.
Although Jehoshaphat was steadfast in the Word, he formed an unholy alliance with the wicked king Ahab. However, when he was rebuked by a prophet, he received the rebuke, and proceeded to promote further reforms that would restore the people, and honor God.
Drawing from Jehoshaphat’s experiences, a biblical man is not immune from the temptation of compromise with the world.
We often find ourselves in situations where we want to conform so we can fit into a particular group, whether at work or in our personal lives and end up becoming the victims of peer pressure.
Several preachers have told of a deaf member of a church and a rather typical-minded American churchman who asked, “Why do you come to church each Sunday when you cannot hear the service?”
The humble man replied, “I come each week to let people know which side I am on.”
Biblical Men are Imperfect Promoters
Being a godly man does not mean that you never sin, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Sinfulness is the greatest characteristic of mankind and we are all guilty before God.
However, it is your duty as a Christian man to energetically seek God’s guidance to change your life. In order to continually grow spiritually, we must struggle and exert effort according to God’s power.
In scriptures, Peter talks about applying all diligence to grow in Christ and as a biblical man. You should give your all to grow your spiritually, because if you don’t apply diligence, you won’t grow spiritually.
As a biblical man, it will be difficult to promote the principles and virtues of the Bible with your family, if you are not sincerely pursuing them yourself.
God greatly values diligence and demands it of us as men.
Hebrews 11:6 “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.”
We must diligently yield our lives to His will, to use it as He sees fit, so we can grow and strengthen our personal relationship with God.
As a biblical man, although imperfect, you are not only expected to be spiritually diligent but also to demonstrate diligence in every aspect of your life.
A diligent man always finds ways to improve his life, and his family greatly benefits from it. Tenacious diligence leads to the ultimate prize, as God promises to reward those who are diligent.
Promote as You Grow and Learn
Peter in his second book continues to talk about the characteristics of a godly man, and emphasizes growth, where diligence is emphasized.
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins” (2 Peter 1:5-9).
In this passage, lie many lessons; we are told to add to our faith a “virtue” which is defined as “a moral excellence or merit”.
We see here a list of biblical virtues that the Christian man should regularly promote with his wife and children.
- Brotherly Kindness
That’s a great list to start with, as you promote biblical virtues and principles to your family. However, there are many more.
A biblical man is one that honestly tries, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to embody the highest moral character, and model it to his family.
He is not spiritually ignorant but knowledgeable about the scripture and how to lead a Christian life by continually seeking after knowledge of the ways of the Lord and his Word.
Self-control or temperance is another character a godly man should exercise and promote. Self-discipline is the basis of any achievement in any part of our lives.
As a father, you try to instill discipline and self-control into your children, but are you disciplined? This is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22–23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
A biblical man must lead by example, and demonstrate moral purity for others to emulate.
This quality of self-control also relates to how we grow ourselves and those around us spiritually.
Do you allow yourself or family to skip church, or forego reading God’s word and coming together in prayer?
As a man of God, you have to take responsibility and recognize your obligation of promoting biblical values with your family, and everyone around you.
As a head of the family, a biblical man should be steadfast in promoting these virtues. In our daily dealings as Christians, we must demonstrate these characteristics because God is a God of love, and He has been merciful and kind to us.
Patience and Brotherly Kindness
We must be patient with our children, and show them kindness and love. Brotherly kindness is put on display when we treat all people with the dignity that we would appreciate ourselves.
Godliness is a character that defines a biblical man. He fears and respects God and strives to grow in his faith, seeking God at all times, not just during times of trouble.
Peter says that we are blind if we don’t recognize that we need to integrate Christian values into our lives.
We often fail as we make excuses for ourselves, and instead of leaving our sins behind us, we carry them into our present and future. Yet when Jesus died on the cross he cleansed us and broke the chains that bind us to our sin.
We need to live by faith and walk with God, to get the victory.
Above all, to be a godly man, you must understand and acknowledge that God occupies the centermost part of your life.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up; And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes; And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”
In this verse, God commands us to love Him and worship Him and to pass on His teachings by promoting them to our children and others who are watching us.
Always promote truth, be virtuous, and let God be the guiding light in your life.