Titus 2 verses 1-2 and 6-8 clearly tell us about REAL Men. Those verses tell us that REAL men are WIMPS, because they Walk In Mercy and Power Selflessly (W.I.M.P.S.).

REAL men are -

  • Merciful - sound in love, sound in patience, easy to respect
  • Powerful - self controlled, clear minded, sound in faith
  • Godly examples - good example, sound in speech, sound in doctrine

...that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience... - Titus 2:2

REAL Men Are Merciful

Sound in Love - REAL men are WIMPS when they are examples of the definition of love - pursuing the best for others; patiently, kindly, sacrificially and unconditionally. The seven elements of a Sound Love were provided in REAL Men Are Rare and REAL Lovers. It takes a REAL man to live that definition!

Sound in Patience - This trait is not appreciated today, but is a grace that provides lasting endurance in difficulties and trials. I think it also references endurance in the later years when it is so easy to retire and "slide for home". Older men need to be mentoring and helping younger men grow through the knowledge that God has provided them.

Easy to Respect - REAL men are WIMPS, because they are easy to respect. That describes them as a person that is noble, of good character, takes no delight in inappropriate things and demonstrates purity and integrity in living. Those are all great things, but the most important aspect is REAL men give a gift to their wife when they are easy to respect. Why? Respect is what God asks of a wife to display to her husband, unconditionally. Consider your life men, are you giving a gift to your wife or making it harder on her?

REAL Men Are Powerful

Clear Minded (Sober) - REAL men are clear on what really matters, have Godly priorities, wise in decision making and careful making judgments, and their motto for life is simple "trust and glorify God".

Self Controlled (Temperate) - This attribute is a key idea for both men and women. Passions are under control, self is being controlled. Remember, where self-control comes from. Not from you! It is a fruit of the spirit. Not walking with the Lord implies a lack of self-control in your life. This will impact your ability to control your passions or emotions. Review the the chapter "Freedom from Being Emotion LED" to see how lack of self-control leads to a life of Feeling, Acting, and then Thinking - rather than Thinking, Acting, and then Feeling. REAL men are engaged in the battle for their mind choosing to renew their mind to truth.

Sound in Faith - A faith and confidence which is in the Lord not yourself, a faith rooted in a daily walk with the Lord, and a faith based on knowledge of the Word - which is Jesus Christ our Lord.

REAL Men Are Godly Examples

Good Example - REAL men are WIMPS when they demonstrate a pattern or example of good things, a type or pattern to follow. Older men have an opportunity to be someone who younger would aspire to be like, not in what you own, but in what you exhibit in your attitude and lifestyle.

Sound Speech - Clear and sound speech come from a clear mind and heart. When REAL men are sound in their speech it implies many of the elements above are likely in the man's life.

Sound Doctrine - You cannot be a good example without knowing the difference between sound and false teaching. Whether young or old, REAL men study God's Word, THE source of truth and life and everything we need for life and godliness.

What is "sound doctrine?" Check this blog out to see!

So, REAL men are WIMPS - they Walk In Mercy and Power Selflessly.

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