With all of the emphasis on men being strong and independent I believe men miss out on the source of greater strength. And in particular the ability to relate to their families in the best way. There is no legacy greater than leaving behind an adoring wife and children who are grounded in their faith and empowered to pursue their own dreams and successes in life.
And most of all is that all your family members and you have a solid relationship with our Lord Jesus – the King of Kings. There is no better way to be the man who leads a family that is more than willing to follow. And to think of our role as a vassal of the King of Kings is a good way for men to start. We need to understand that God is pursuing us
In the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32):
- he took his inheritance
- wasted it all
- worked feeding swine
- decided to return to his father as a servant
(Luke 15:20-23 NKJV) 20“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21“And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22“But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put [it] on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on [his] feet. 23‘And bring the fatted calf here and kill [it], and let us eat and be merry;
Notice that the father ran to the son. God seeks us out. He is not willing that anyone should die without salvation.
He did not die for just some of us – but for all. But His offer is no good if we don’t accept it. His offer also is not conditional – we’ll be clean after, not before, we’ve accepted Christ and been Baptized. That’s when the Holy Spirit seals us and serves us as we are willing.
If you would say that there are people who can’t be forgiven, including yourself, then I would ask is that person the worst person that was ever born. And if yes then the answer would still be that Jesus died for you.
It’s called agape’ (unconditional love). True love is totally about the other person. Jesus is all about you. And this is the time we celebrate our good fortune that Jesus gave up his life even though He was completely innocent, to pay the price for our sins on the cross, past, present, and future.
And it is the same agape’ love that Christian men are to give to others, starting with their own family. And that love is not measured by the level of gratitude of the recipient, but by the commitment we have for the other person. And sometimes that means tough love that is focused on the long term benefit of the other person.