I want to clarify some things about my last post: https://thefloatyboaty.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/no-help-for-singles/
It wasn’t a pity-party. The post was to demonstrate the missing instruction and teaching that those with the experience – those who are older – should be providing. If the people who are family through Jesus do not act like family, do not show love for one another as family, what is the difference between Christians and heathens?
A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. – John 13:34-35
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. – 1 John 4:11-12
Where is this love? Is there someone who cares about those who need help? Everyone starts out single; no one starts out married. So, shouldn’t there be some real and meaningful help for everyone?
I’m not complaining. It is what it is. However, there is something that can still be done – help each other and those whom have not reached the stages in life that you already have. I have been through these stages and problems and am giving my report on the situation. I have also given a way to resolve this issue. It is time for others to step in and help or there be a continual downward spiral into the abyss that the heathens have already entered and learned the hard way.
For more reading: http://justinmcampbell.net/2015/02/18/the-protestant-celibacy-problem/
A little story I’d like to reference:
What should you do? Who should you be? Why are you asking me? A man decides for himself what he will do and who he will be. He is not enslaved to another’s puny imagination.
The masculine man has the strength and determination to make choices and decisions on his own, for himself. He also has the commitment to follow through with those choices and decisions.
The way of the masculine man is a powerful one.
Words are more powerful than any weapon. Examples of this power include politics, news, movies, teachers, parents, peers, and music. It is not the weapons of war one has to fear, but the words that one listens to.
What is a weapon? What is a loaf of bread? Without words, they are nothing but objects. The objects themselves can be anything and have no meaning to the observer. Words are what make the loaf of bread tasty and desirable, and the weapon dangerous and evil. Yet those same objects could be changed and morphed into a completely different perception with just a few words.
Words also change this listener, the one spoken to. Giving derogatory names has a psychologically damaging effect. Applying derogatory statements of fact is even more damaging. “You’re just stupid.”
Words have the most powerful effect on children. Minds that are developing and are easily molded. The most valuable physical treasure in this mortal realm; the most fought over, the most destroyed, and the most killed.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. — Proverbs 18:21
Words can also be used to build, strengthen, and nurture. Words can also be used on one’s own self. It is with the power of the audible voice that the universe around us changes – just like with Martin Luther King, Jr.
I want to write on the topic brought up in this post.
According to the author, it is control that makes a man. I disagree. Control of one’s self is a good demonstration of maturity, but leadership is a characteristic of a man.
In Genesis 1, God gave earth into man’s hands to subdue and have dominion over. Woman is made as a help meet, or aid, for man in Genesis 2. Leadership is not a feminine trait.
A man travels through life as a leader. Being a leader requires followers, but being as a leader does not. To live as a leader requires study and self-discipline.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” — 2 Timothy 2:15
I’ll start with a good post from Sunshine Mary:
And a scripture:
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. [Philippians 3:14]
You can’t run backward as fast as you can run forward; and you can’t pull as strongly as you can push. When Paul speaks to the Ephesians about putting on the armor of God, he does not mention anything about the back – no back plate. Going straight to the other side of a river will get you there faster than following the current. A battle is ended quickest by marching forward. It is hard to stand against a raging current, but it is even harder to stop after a slip. Time only flows in one direction.
The masculine man apologizes for his mistakes and corrects his errors; however, he does not retreat or back down or withdraw. If he has been going in the wrong direction, he only changes his course. In Chinese martial arts, there is a concept called “absorbing the blow”. It is a technique of allowing a strike to enter and then absorbing it in order to draw in an opponent for a decisive counter strike.
Moving forward is the only way for a man to grow, to become strong, to succeed, to conquer, to be masculine.
A little while ago, Sunshine Mary posted a situation she encountered that demonstrates how helpful it is to be prepared; and have kids.
There is a show called “Stargate SG-1“. It is the story of a unit called SG-1 within a secret government installation called “Stargate Command“. Stargate Command, or SGC, houses a large ring called a Stargate. The Stargate allows objects, and people, to travel to other planets that also have a Stargate.
Now out in the galaxy, there is a creature that can take over sentient beings and control them; they are called the Goa’uld. The Goa’uld have set themselves up as gods and have enslaved numerous worlds and peoples. The ones who make up their army are called Jaffa. The Jaffa are also enslaved to the Goa’uld in their own way.
On one mission, SG-1 goes to a planet and is helped by the right-hand man of one of these false gods. His name is Teal’c. Teal’c is invited to return with SG-1 and soon becomes an integral part of the team. Later, when other Jaffa turn from the false gods, their saying is very enlightening:
I die free.
Those who believe and are saved by God’s word are free from sin and death (Romans 8:1-3). God will free those who turn away from the false gods of this world and allow them to make the choice to serve him, or return to the bondage of sin.