“Godly Masculinity” can sound like a daunting phrase in the current cultural climate, but today’s devotional seeks to demystify it, exploring what the Bible says about masculinity. As followers of Christ, our ultimate measure of manhood should align with God’s Word.
Scripture is rich with examples of godly men who displayed both strength and gentleness, characteristics integral to a biblical understanding of masculinity. One prime example is King David, described in 1 Samuel 16:18 as a “brave man” and a “warrior,” who also had the skill of playing the lyre and a captivating way with words. He embodies a balance that defines biblical masculinity – a man of action, courage, creativity, eloquence, and one upon whom God’s favor rested.
Strength – in the physical, emotional, and spiritual sense – is a recurring attribute tied to masculinity. Men are called to be “watchful,” to “stand firm in the faith,” to “act like men” and “be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14). Yet, importantly, these verses end with a vital reminder, “Let all that you do be done in love.”
Jesus Christ, the perfect Man, beautifully exemplifies this. He displayed immense strength, overturning tables in the temple, and yet, He showcased humility and love when He washed the disciples’ feet. This act of service, usually left to the lowest servant, demonstrated the balance of power and gentleness, a mark of true masculinity.
Leadership, an often-emphasized aspect of masculinity, should reflect Christ’s servant-leadership model. As described in Ephesians 5:23, men are called to be heads of their households, a role that demands responsibility, courage, and love. Being a leader isn’t about domineering; it’s about listening, making wise decisions, and putting others’ needs before our own.
In a world where masculinity often gets distorted, God calls us to a higher standard. This involves balancing strength and kindness, demonstrating leadership modeled after Christ, and rejecting harmful stereotypes.
So, what does this look like in practical terms? It means using our strength to protect, not harm. It involves showing kindness without viewing it as a weakness. It demands we lead with humility, mirroring Christ’s example. Above all, it calls us to live according to Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
(Recommended for Further Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; 1 Corinthians 16:13-14; John 13:1-17; Ephesians 5:22-33; Micah 6:8)
Reflect: How can you, in your sphere of influence, embody godly masculinity as laid out in Scripture? Are there areas in your life where you need to strike a better balance between strength and kindness?