I'm doing a men's breakfast tomorrow. We're just going to look at Jesus, and in Him to see our Jesus-shaped God.
But at one point I think I'm going to mention some typical sins of men: pride, harshness, lust, cowardice.
(For some reason or another, Emma was able to help me very quickly with compiling the list. Dunno where she picked it up, maybe she's read about male sins somewhere. Anyhows...)
As soon as I came up with these four sins, something drew me immediately to Isaiah 42. Here's real manhood, and here's our hope. We become like what we worship (Ps 115:8), so look again to Christ:
Isaiah 42:1 "Here is My Servant, whom I uphold, My Chosen One in Whom I delight; I will put My Spirit on Him and He will bring justice to the nations. 2 He will not shout or cry out, or raise His voice in the streets. 3 A bruised reed He will not break, and a smouldering wick He will not snuff out. In faithfulness He will bring forth justice; 4 He will not falter or be discouraged till He establishes justice on earth.
Pride? He is so humble! (v2)
Harsh? He is so gentle! (v3)
Lustful? He is so captivating He takes even the Father's Breath away! (v1)
Cowardly? His mission is global, unstoppable, and you’re included! (v1,4)