Proverbs 31 Man

Dear Brethren,

God has not given men a chapter in the Bible similar to Proverbs 31 for women.  What does God expect of Christian men?  Who is the Proverbs 31 man?  He is the counterpart to the Proverb 31 woman.  How many men have set their life's goal to be an eloquent man who has a Proverbs 31 wife for a partner?  How does God view such a man?  How does a man develop into the kind of man God seeks.  We might ask, "Who can find an excellent man?"

Is it possible for a man in today's world to rise above the macho stereotype and truly be a Godly man?  Do the Scriptures show what standard of character men should seek to attain?  How does a young boy mature into a Godly man in the sight of God and man?  "He is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. (Proverbs 31:23)  Does this man exist today - who is he?  Is he in God's Church?  Our young men set a goal for themselves, at an early age of becoming a Godly man.

Measure these traits against those of worldly men.  The man of God is full of God's Holy Spirit, making him honest and wise.  If he is instructed in the Scriptures, he knows the way of the Lord.  He grows to be blameless and above reproach - faithful to his wife.  That is because he is vigilant and sober - always exhibiting a modest and good behavior.

A man of God keeps himself patiently under control at all times - not fighting or drinking in excess.  His business dealings earn him a good reputation, even with those in the world.  He does not go to extremes, but is temperate in all things.  The man of God is generous, diligent and shows mercy with cheerfulness.  His wife and his children are law abiding and respectful.

What kind of man could possibly live up to such a tall order?  He must be led by God's Holy Spirit.  He must know the Plan of God and the Law of God.  Not only must he know them - he must be living them and doing them continually - with everyone.


Sermon:  "Proverbs 31 Man"