Jesus has certainly taught us a lot. Not just by His words, but by the example He led. Today I want to focus a bit on what he has taught us as men. Things that can help us in jobs, friendships, romantic relationships, and even in tough situations like on the job. So let’s take a few minutes to explore just a handful of the many ways Jesus has taught men to be MEN.
Never Hurt A Woman…And I Especially Mean Physically
Remember when those cats known as the scribes and Pharisees were trying to set up Jesus at the expense of a woman who was caught in adultery? I’m sure you do. He knelt down and wrote something in the dirt, then challenged the accusers that whoever was without sin should throw the first stone at the terrified woman. What happened next? The eldest to the youngest scurried away with their tail between their legs. Jesus then reassured the woman He was not going to condemn her and told her to “sin no more (John 8:3-11).” Wow, what a knight in shining armor Jesus was to this damsel in distress. We to should have the same attitude towards woman. Be that knight in shining armor for those dear women in your life!
Be Gracious To Others
Next, let’s look back at the woman with the alabaster jar of very expensive ointment. The woman was preparing Christ for what was to come. Some naysayers in the room were bothered by this, because the ointment could have been sold to help the poor. However, Jesus was gracious with the woman and silenced the complainers. He knew what was in the woman’s heart and that it was an act of love (Mark 14:3-8). Men, when a woman does something nice for you, be gracious. Even if she gives you a terrible gift, like an ugly pair of socks or an oversized tie, show some gratitude. Do you realize this was so special to Jesus, that He even wants it to be spoken of as a memorial with the Gospel (Mark 14:9)?
Present Yourself In An Interesting Way
One thing that can’t be denied is that Jesus was an interesting person. He told interesting stories, oftentimes parables, He spoke boldly, He stood up for what was right, and He never overlooked those who were often overlooked. Wow, what a guy? Could you imagine what are social life would be like if we completely followed in His footsteps?
Pay What You Owe
Something Jesus reminded us of was the importance of paying what we owe. If you recall, He was questioned as to whether taxes should be paid to Caesar. Of course, He made it clear that we are to pay what we owe to those we owe it to. He also reminded us the importance of giving unto God what is God’s (Matt 22:17-21). So, pay those bills, pay those debts, and pay those taxes. Be fair with your wages and God will likewise be fair with you.
Be Ready To Lay Down Your Life For Those You Love
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Don’t you love that verse? Not only did Jesus say it, but He lived it. He willingly gave up his life on the cross for you, me, and anybody else who will believe (Luke 23:46, John 3:16). Sure, it may sound like a difficult task, but laying down your life doesn’t always mean dying physically. Sometimes it can mean making sacrifices for those we care about.
Love Your Enemies
One of the toughest lesson Jesus taught us was to love our enemies. Once again, He not only said it, but He also lived it. He shared with us the importance of turning the other cheek (Matt 5:39), and He even prayed on the cross for those men and women who came against Him, realizing they didn’t have a clue what they were doing (Luke 23:34). We too need to have the same approach to those who dislike us, even if it costs us our life.
Friends, being a man isn’t always easy, but Jesus showed us really how to be a MAN. There is so much we can learn from His life and apply it to our own. He didn’t just come to earth to die on the cross and save us, but He also came here to show us a better way. Thank you for reading and God bless.
What important life lessons have you learned from Jesus?