I Corinthians 16:13 says, "Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong." Such a manly verse! "Be on the alert!" Manly! "Stand firm!" Manly! I especially love the second half of the verse. "Act like men." Of course, that is manly. "Be strong" Manly! You can almost hear Tim "The Toolman Taylor" grunting!
So how did the inspired writer qualify his exhortation? This way: "Let all that you do be done in love" (I Cor. 16:14).
Wow! Act like men. Be strong, yes. Let all you do be done in love? Manly? You see, there are many who think of meekness and compassion as signs of weakness. The Bible suggests otherwise.
Men, do you want to be a manly husband? Show your wife you love her.
Do you want to be a manly father? Show your children you love them.
Do you want to be thought of as a manly man around town? Show your neighbors you love them.
Do you want to be considered a manly man at work? Show your co-workers you love them.
Do you want to be the big man on campus? Show your classmates you love them.
See, if we are going to really be a manly man, you have to be transformed into the image of the One who created you, and God is love.
A real man shows love.
"You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 2:1).