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Posted on September 18, 2006 at 6:57 PM
Professional wrestler Ric Flair once said, "To be the man, you have to beat
the man." Who is the man? Every man has a different answer. If a sports
star makes the game winning shot or throw, he is called "Da Man," by fans
and teammates alike.
 
Presently, I am in a Saturday morning study over what is authentic
manhood. While I can't tell what it is yet, I do know generally that a man
is to have four faces.

First, a man has to have the King face. Essentially this is the face of a
man that does what he says and says what he does. If you say it, do it. If
you owe someone money, pay them back. I can't personally yet show this face
because I owe so many people so much. This includes my mom to my college
roommate who says I owe 250 cases of Dr. Pepper.

Second face is that of the Warrior. This is more than the Sunday football
face. This is the face we should wear when faced with any challenge be it
losing weight to climbing the mountain literally or figuratively. We the
need to be like the warrior in battle that doesn't stop until the battle is
done.

Third face is that of the lover. If you are married, your wife is part of
your flesh. I'm horrible here. I need to be a better husband. I'm trying to
work on this. So this is how it is:
Married men are to be like Christ and sacrifice themselves for their wives.
Read anything in Solomon's Song to see what I'm talking about. Ephesians
and 2 Corinthians as well. Married men are to be faithful and helpful to
their wives.

Finally, the last face is that of a friend. Humans in general need bonding.
Men more than women I think, but we won't admit to it. My involvement in
this class is to bond with my brothers in Christ and learn to be more of a
team player. 

Now....
In this day and age, women are taught and expected to rule the proverbial
roost. They are to be above men in all things. This is not scripturally
accurate. Before I'm attack with a burning bra or whatever, please read not
what I have to say, but about what God said in His Word.
 
As Christians, we are to live for God. The Holy Spirit dwells within us.
The husband/wife dynamic is one that should not be considered lightly. God
is very clear on how the relationship is supposed to work.

Ephesians 5:21-33
21 submitting to one another in the fear of Christ. 22 Wives, submit to
your own husbands as to the Lord, 23 for the husband is head of the wife as
also Christ is head of the church. He is the Savior of the body. 24 Now as
the church submits to Christ, so wives should submit to their husbands in
everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as also Christ loved the
church and gave Himself for her, 26 to make her holy, cleansing her in the
washing of water by the word. 27 He did this to present the church to
Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy
and blameless. 28 In the same way, husbands should love their wives as
their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever
hates his own flesh, but provides and cares for it, just as Christ does for
the church, 30 since we are members of His body. 31 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two
will become one flesh.


The preceding is just one of my favorites to read when thinking on the
relationship I need to have with my wife more. She deserves it.

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