I have the job of raising my boys to become men.  They are supposed to think like and act like men when I am done with them.  The only problem is – many “men” don’t know what that means!

1 Corinthians 13 is often called “The Love Chapter.”  It’s a great reminder for us all, but it especially reminds us as men that we are called to love our families. Each man is expected by God to be patient, kind, and humble.  Paul takes it even further.

Take a moment to read this verse 1 Corinthians 16:13-14:

13 Be alert, stand firm in the faith, act like a man, be strong.

14 Your every [action] must be done with love.

In these verses, Paul gives 5 instructions for believers.

  1. Be Watchful
  2. Stand Firm in the Faith
  3. Act Like Men
  4. Be Strong
  5. Let All That You Do Be Done in Love

God never expected for men to be passive. He expects us to act like men. Men created in his image to love and to lead.

What would it look like to be watchful over your family?

How would you describe someone standing firm in the faith?

What does it mean to act like men?

What does Paul mean when he instructs to be strong (he isn’t talking about physical stature)?

What would it look like if everything you did around your family you did in love?

Travis Agnew is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, author, blogger, and religion instructor.