The contrast between the wicked and the righteous starts with what each one values: the wicked man values godlessness, sin, and scoffing; while the righteous man delights in God's word. God's blessing comes to those who treat as precious the revelation He has given for our instruction and joy.
The glory of men is their strength. Men were made to do hard things. Men were made to bear heavy loads. When men work out physically, they get stronger. When men push themselves to do more, they generally get better at it. It's trendy in our world, even our Christian world to warn one another about burnout and over-doing it, but where in the Bible are we warned about that? The Bible certainly instructs us to take a weekly Sabbath, a day of rest, but beyond that, it says we are to be known for hard, diligent work, and it warns us against sloth, laziness, and cowardice over and over. David fell into sexual sin in the springtime when kings were supposed to go out to battle. So where is the battle that God is calling you to? Is it dealing with a sin in your life? Is it leading your wife or family more intentionally? Is it starting some new venture, a new project? Does it look hard? Will it require suffering? Might you mess up along the way? You were made for this. This is your glory in Christ. - Toby Sumpter
Pastor Wood teaches from the book of Genesis.
Masculinity has to do more with character than characteristics. How should we live our lives? Should we live in the moment or wait on the Lord and do what He says?
We should be careful with our words. But we should also be sure not to be caught up on this "politically correct" culture of lies. Men can obey this Proverb without being feminized. Women can obey without becoming an enabler or passive supporter of someone or something that is wrong. Do this the right way and be a REAL source of encouragement when it's appropriate. Use wisdom in your words.
Lady Folly is dangerous! Step through her door, and plummet to Hell! So it is important to note her features and avoid her (or avoid being her): noisy/showy, always out and about instead of at home, rebelliously implying that rules are there to keep you from enjoyment, offering the feeling of being special without the corresponding commitment.
In our text, Paul admonishes the Corinthian believers to be MANLY. They were steeped in a culture that revered sodomites like Plato, and had a system of gods (read: superheroes) that were cross-dressing, effeminate, and even homosexual. Almost 2000 years later, the word of God shines like a light piercing the darkness of our godless culture. The word of God defines MASCULINITY as…