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The Greatest of These is Love

Men are not always pictured in the best light today.  Whether in television or movie scripts, sports, music, or news reports, men are often associated with violence, brutality, and a desire to live according the law of the jungle.  Men are on the news nightly as having been arrested for murder, child abuse, rape, sexual wrong doing, robberies, gang killings, drunk driving deaths, drug sales, and a host of other bad depictions.   If we did not know better, we would think that no man has enough common decency to ever be around without fear.

There are many more men that are courageous, kind, and Godly.  Real men are those that are strong, able to fight for what is right, men with deep convictions about faith/family/friends, men with compassion for their spouse and children, and men that are responsible in business, banking, and building up of communities and churches.  Men are warriors and when that drive is harnessed in the right manner, that man will live a life time defending the weak, honoring their vows to God, and dedicated to their calling to love, honor, and cherish the lady that God gave them as a mate.

Men don’t need much to keep us going.  Food, sleep, affection from our spouse, and the occasional ‘atta boy’ when we do something good will meet most of our needs. Though men are not going to admit it, hugs from that lady we love as our mate, and from our children, our parents, and our close friends is a good thing that we need to keep us going.  Life is war.  Love is that wonderful encouragement that heals the wounds and refreshes the soul….whoever you are!  We need the love of others.

David Kraft was a big, strong man — all muscle. At the age of 32, he was six feet, two inches tall and weighed 200 pounds. He had been to seminary and ended up working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, because of his athletic background.  Then he was diagnosed with cancer. It wracked his body, and over a period of time, he dropped from 200 pounds to 80 pounds. 

When he was about ready to pass from this life into eternity, he asked his father to come into his hospital room. Lying there in bed, he looked up and said, “Dad, do you remember when I was a little boy, how you used to hold me in your arm close to your chest?”

David’s father nodded. Then David said, “Do you think, Dad, you could do that one more time? One last time?”

Again his father nodded. He bent down to pick up his 32-year-old, six-foot, two-inch, 80 pound son, and held him close to his chest, so that the son’s face was right next to the father’s face. They were eyeball to eyeball. Tears were streaming down both faces, and the son said to his father, “Thank you for building the kind of character into my life that can enable me to face even a moment like this.” (Ron Lee Davis, “Introducing Christ to Your Child,” Preaching Today).

Men, I dare you to be that kind of father (or grandfather) to your children. Dare to build into them the kind of character that will enable them to face anything in life. Then you will be a real leader, not only in your home, but among your peers, as well.  (From a sermon by C. Philip Green, Loving Leadership, 6/17/2010).