Good Men or Godly Men?
1. Demonstrates Compassion
This culture seems to have 2 extremes for men. One is the hard, cold, and calloused man like a “Steven Segal” character. He is one who expresses little or no emotion or remorse?
The other type of man is the one who is almost ‘effeminate’. He has discarded all of the attributes of his testosterone and taken on the qualities which are equated with women. Quite honestly, the taming of manhood is, in large measure, a culprit in the decay of Christianity.
Jesus was not an effeminate man. As a carpenter he was required to be in really good shape as he went to the woods to manufacture his own lumber. Quite likely, His young body was in excellent shape, His physical abilities were obvious, and yet, He was a man of compassion.
When He saw the multitudes, when Jesus saw the woman at the well, and when Jesus arrived at the tomb of Lazarus, He was moved with compassion. Godly men are compassionate. Paul writes that the fruit of the spirit is, ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control.” At least 3 of these fruits deal with compassion.
The compassionate man sees the need(s) of others. It is not enough to see the need; he wants to ‘do’ something about it. A man’s nature is to do and to fix. Men get tired of talking about it; they want to do something about it. Godly men who stand in the gap & repair the wall are men MOVED TO ACTION BY THEIR COMPASSION. This includes salvation.