Masculine values of competitiveness, dominance, individualism, and profit-above-all, though quite popular in the Western culture, aren’t Biblical.
We don’t look at John the Baptist, Elijah, David, John the beloved disciple, or Jesus and think of these above qualities.[media-credit id=1 align=”aligncenter” width=”550″][/media-credit]
3 Biblical Lessons Men Can Learn From Women
One of the biggest stereotypes of men (at least before the use of GPs) is that we won’t ask for ________?
It’s not Biblical or wise to lean on our pride, wisdom, or arrogance and refuse to ask questions. Look at what Jesus says.
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
Women are more willing to ask for input, assistance, and guidance.
As men, we have an opinion about everything. And giving it to anyone who will listen is a great way to boost our image. But, looking at Jesus, we see that He perfected the art of listening.
In John 4, Jesus goes against cultural customs and talks openly with a Samaritan woman, listening to her problems before giving her His wisdom.
In Luke 24, Jesus was walking with 2 disciples after having resurrected (giving Him plenty to talk about) and He asked them what they were talking about and listened.
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.
Women are known to have nurturing, close relationships with their friends. Men, however, are known for what? Short conversations, sports talk, fixing others’ problems.
But what does the Bible tell us about friendship?
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
By our current cultural standards, these words aren’t seen as manly. However, mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiving, and loving would be great words to describe Jesus.
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” – C.S. Lewis
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