What is manhood? I looked at several dictionaries and the definitions that described manhood is as follows:
The word manhood describes both the adult period in a male human’s life, and the qualities that make him a man.
The state of one who is a man, of an adult male, or one who is advanced beyond puberty, boyhood or childhood; the qualities of a man; courage; bravery; resolution.
King David in the Bible before he died was giving his son a charge about being a man and some specific instructions to go along with.
I Kings 2:1-3(King James Version)
Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,
I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;
And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
I observed in these few verses he clearly communicated what a man is suppose to be and do. David even went as far as letting him know that he will prosper as a result of doing what he shared.
In I Corinthians 13 what many call the “love chapter” I like what verse 11 instructs us to do if we are going to love people on a adult level.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
I want to share an acronym for MANHOOD.
IKings 2:2 I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;
A- Acknowledge God in everything and receive his help and wisdom for daily living.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
N- Nice and Kind. King David was a warrior in battle yet he was still kind.
II Samuel 9:3
And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.
II Samuel 9:7
And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
H- Heart that has been touched and impacted by God. One who has received God’s love and not afraid to share that love with others.
I Samuel 10:26
And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched.
O -Overcoming Obstacles, hurt, offenses, setbacks, failure, fear, doubt, disappointment, unbelief through faith in God.
I John 5:4
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
O- Optimistic. Know everything is possible with God’s wisdom and help.
Hebrew 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hope -can define as earnest expectation of something.
Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
1828 Webster Dictionary Define the word “diligent” means steady in application to business; constant in effort or exertion to accomplish what is undertaken; assiduous; attentive; industrious; not idle or negligent; applied to persons.
Proverbs 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
Because you are a doer you can become a champion
Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Psalms 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
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