6. Jesus: THE Example of Love
Yes, of course. Jesus. I realize this one goes without saying that Jesus is our supreme example, not just for men to emulate, but everyone. He is the perfect embodiment of who men should aspire to be: humble, gentle, faithful, merciful, forgiving, gracious, longsuffering, righteous and holy.
But, the greatest quality we see is His love. In John 15:12-13 He says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Jesus “humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). He died that for us. He loved us so much that He gave up His own life.
In 1 Corinthians 13, we learn all about what love is, and what it isn’t. “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7). To truly know how to love and teach our sons, we need to look to the perfect example of it, for “God is love” (1 John 4:8).
All Christian parents want their sons to grow up to be Godly men. Fortunately, we have great examples in the Bible of the qualities Godly men should have. It’s on us to make sure our sons hear and know about them.
Brent Rinehart is a public relations practitioner and freelance writer. He blogs about parenting, marriage and faith at www.apparentstuff.com. You can also follow him on Twitter.
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