A Man is Strong — Qualities of a “Man” series

Posted: 2012 09 29 by Paul S in Biblical manhood, Hardcore Christian Men, manhood, masculine, masculinity

First and foremost, I want to apologize for my absence. Since July I have started a second job, launched a second men’s discipleship team, and had some big changes at my old job. Just now starting to figure out how to budget my time. I feel horrible about my absence and will work to be more present here. Now on to the first in this series.
You’ll remember back in July I wrote about whether the New Testament man was more or less of a man compared to modern man. Lets take a look at one of the qualities I mentioned then.

What is strength? In western culture, strength is often centered on muscular strength. In a culture that idolizes sex and the human form, men are expected to be well muscled or sculpted, but most physical trainers will admit that muscular strength is not measured by the size of the muscles, but by the efficiency in which they contract. However strength goes far beyond physical strength. When talking about strength, one could be addressing the mental perseverance that can be shown in the face of strife. There are many other ways to define strength, and it is something that a Christian man has to understand.

Defining Strength

[strengkth, strength, strenth]

noun

1. the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor.
2. mental power, force, or vigor.
3. moral power, firmness, or courage.
4. power by reason of influence, authority, resources, numbers, etc.
5. number, as of personnel or ships in a force or body: a regiment with a strength of 3000.

This is how dictionary.com describes strength, but I’m not sure it’s enough. While this is a complete definition, it doesn’t necessarily explain what we mean when we talk about Christian strength. We’ll pick this up later with a Christian view on strength.

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