Category Archives: Love

Dear Masculinity #Gillette #Harrys

Folks, your razor didn’t teach you how to be a man. And your razor company won’t teach how to be a better man or father.

No, I’m not jumping on any boycott bandwagon. I happen to believe that big companies do sometimes need to weigh in on issues. But it needs to be done in a way that does not blame only one population group for causing the issue. And it should be universally understood as an issue. Not just something that a few people think is an issue.

It is true that there does exist a population of overly aggressive men. That is true. And there is a pervasive poison in our society that pushes men toward unacceptable behavior of many forms.

Yet, overly aggressive people come in both masculine and feminine forms. That’s truth friends.

If every man in the world became a nervous pile of clean shaven flesh meat, there would still be a sizeable population of people who are overly aggressive.

You don’t have to go far into your Google search to find videos of fist fighting females.

The answer is to allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your actions and thoughts. And any thoughts or actions contrary to the fruits of the spirit should be avoided.

Do man things. Act in manly ways. Don’t be a pushover, and if you are attacked be prepared to defend yourself. Just always make sure you are not the aggressor whether you are a man or a woman. Treat all people with respect and love your neighbor as yourself. Help protect those who are unable to protect themself. Give generously and without grumbling. Provide for your family physically, emotionally and spiritually.

And remember to allow your emotions to have a healthy outlet. Find a good friend to vent to and allow them to vent as well. Allow your gym time to be an outlet for reducing stress and frustrations.

Pray about fleshly temptations and find ways to keep yourself busy so you don’t focus on those desires. Tame your flesh. Go for a run, go lift weights, get on a bike, do something to focus your body on something other than the temptations that harm us and others.

Take care of yourself through meditating on God’s Word, doing Bible studies, reading books to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses, and then learn how to capitalize on those.

Doing this will help all of us to keep ourselves in alignment with who God wants us to be emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.
Galatians 5:22‭-‬26 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/gal.5.22-26.NASB

Join 281 other subscribers

Follow OneChristianMan on WordPress.com

God Still Remembers You

God still remembers you.

When you don’t feel Him, He may be closer than He has ever been. (adapted Billy Graham quote)

Ephraim’s descendants were defiant, idolatrous and many other sinful things. God proclaimed their sinfulness many times. But God still remembered them then and still does today.

He remembers us all no matter how much we push Him away with our sinful nature.

Call on Him and trust in His son Jesus and receive His mercy. That’s the first step you have to take. It is not a step in the dark. Our faith is not blind or mindless. It is reasonable and evidential.

Trust in Him and you will be forgiven. Then repent, ask others to forgive you as needed and forgive yourself. That’s step two.

Believe in the power of God and His process of restoration, discipline and sanctification. And know that He will not forget you.

Lift up your head weary sons and daughters of God. For Jesus will soon come and make all things new. Lean not on your own understanding but be renewed in mind and spirit and know that He is God.

“Is Ephraim My dear son? Is he a delightful child? Indeed, as often as I have spoken against him, I certainly still remember him; Therefore My heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him,” declares the Lord .
Jeremiah 31:20 NASB

The Legacy Initiative

What meanigful things do you plan to leave for your children when you die?

Money and store bought things can be helpful but not as meaningful as a hand made item, a video with your voice or a hand written note from you to them.

Too many people die and leave nothing but a few pictures and random vacation videos to their children and grandchildren. Those videos are precious because it gives the viewer a glimpse of who you were. It can spark a memory or emotional response.

But does that picture or video pass down any wisdom or information about the real you? Your beliefs, dreams and hopes are the essence of who you are.

I encourage each of you to start a journal for the specific reason of passing it down to your children and descendants. Create one for each child with unique insights and encouragement.

Write it by hand not electronically. It’s a legacy item and should take time.

I also encourage you to write in your favorite Bible chapters and stories with your commentary. Give examples of struggles you overcame with God’s help. Provide reasons for the hope you have in Christ Jesus. And also share your failures and God’s grace.

I have a three page letter I carry in my coat chest pocket that my grandmother wrote to me before she died. And I have another letter of stories she wrote to me about my grandfather’s childhood. They are special because she wrote them by hand in a time when hand written notes are far too infrequent.

If you don’t know where to start, just start by writing down the book of Mark. Its the shortest Gospel and will help you learn to write in cursive again.

Journals at ChristianBook.com

#GivingTuesday

Needs come in many forms. Giving to Baptist Global Response and Samaritan’s Purse on Giving Tuesday can help get funding to the most critical places. You can also designate your giving to a specific function.

Share your blessings with others.

Gift Catalog – Baptist Global Response

Gift Catalog – Samaritan’s Purse