Key# 5 A Real Man endeavors to learn, live and teach God's word and principles.
In Genesis 2:15-17, God commanded the first man to keep His word, saying that if he disobeyed it, he would die. In this act, He established the principle that man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4)
A real man is a man of principles. He realizes that his spirit must be nourished by the Word of God or his spiritual health will decline. God's word is the precept by which he lives. Because he is a responsible leader, he is also committed to teaching the Scriptures to his family.
A real man allows the word to transform his life so that he can represent God's will on earth, thus spreading the Garden of God's presence to a world living in the darkness of sin and separation from God:
"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life." (Philippians 2:14-16)
Key #6 A Real Man demonstrates faith and inspires it in others.
When you return to your original image as a man, you become a person who makes people believe that anything is possible. Can you think of Jesus as being anything less than that? He was the only one in history who said, "Nothing is impossible with God" (Luke 1:37) What He said is so high that only God could have said it.
Jesus not only said it, but He also believed it. That's why the beggar, the prostitute, and the religious man all kept coming to Him. He made them believe nothing was impossible. A real man has a spirit of faith and inspires others.
Wouldn't you like to be around someone who says, "You can do it. I know things are tough, but you're going to make it." and "Everyone fails once in a while. Get back up and try again"? Even in the darkest hour, a real man believes "there's a way out; you can do it." Counterfeit men have no faith. They say things like, "You're talking about starting a business? You'd better hang on to that secure job you have." A real man knows that no job can give a person true security, so he puts his faith in God and trusts His leading. Sometimes a real man might be scared, but he won't worry, because he trusts in God to finish the work He started. Faith is believing in what God said, not in what you see. That's the faith of a real man.
Key #7 A Real Man is committed to cultivating others to be the best they can be.
A real man endeavors to encourage others to reflect the image of creativity of God in all they are and do; spiritually, emotionally, psychologically and physically. He prays for wisdom and guidance on how to cultivate his wife and children so they can mature in Christ and become all that God has created them to be. He encourages his family in their gifts and talents while helping them develop in any way he can. As a cultivator, he delights in seeing these gifts unfold in their lives, just as God delights in seeing us use our abilities for His glory.