Godly Conversation for Men – Men are encouraged to build into the life daily godly conversations. During the course of our day, we are engaged in conversation with everyone from our children, to our friends, to our spouses, co-workers to everyone. Let us share with you some questions we could ask ourselves to help grow us up and help other men in our spiritual walk with the Lord:
- Where do you pray? On the side of the bed in the morning, in your car, the golf course or are do you have one particular place? Wherever it is, the idea is that we pull away as Jesus did in the garden and simply conversate with the Lord.
- How often do we conversate with the Lord? The Lord taught his disciples to pray (Luke 11:1, Luke 18:1) as well as Paul (Philemon 4) . There is a pattern and the process is that we live a life in prayer. It helps to keep the lines of communication open between us and the Lord even when we do know what or how to pray (Romans 8:26-27).
- Are you listening to your Heavenly Father? Prayer is a conversation. It is a dialogue and not a monologue. Not only are we to submit our request unto the Lord but we are to listen for his plane and will for our lives. Philippians 4:5-7
- Do your actions convict you of being a Christian? As we conversate with the Lord, He will use the Holy Spirit to raise up areas and actions in our lives that need to brought into subject to his word. Paul reminds us of the importance of coming clean with the Lord in our actions and why we cannot intentionally entertain ungodly habits or relationships (I Cor. 9:27).
- Have you talked to the Lord today?
- Do you have someone to talk to without judgement? One important element in godly communications is having someone (another man) with whom you and share a conversation with without being judged, pre-condemned or “preached”? We need to be accountable to someone and we need to be that brother that one can confided in (James 5:16). Being accountable and a confidant are signs of maturity.
- Are you willing to be corrected? Because none of us are perfect we all will do wrong, say something ungodly or think some evil. The issue is not whether we will do wrong but when we are confronted by another brother of our wrong are we will to be called (so-to-speak) for correction? Wanting to please the Lord requires us to walk in the Spirit and not after the flesh, and allow humility to be preeminent. Pride still goes before a destructive end (Proverbs 16:18).
- When was the last time you said, “My bad, forgive me”? In confessing our faults and sins we are growing, maturing and being the men of God we ought. The sin of pride will deceive us into thinking that the other person is wrong. but pride will never tell us we are wrong. Drawing closer to the Lord and to one another, the need to right before the Lord will find us admitting we are in the wrong, Let the Lord bless our lives by submitting one to another (Ephesians 5:21, I Peter 5:5)
Eternal Investment – Investing in our future is not limited to finances or real estate. God has called us as men of God to invest in our children the wisdom which he has given us. No greater gap exists than that between men and God. And we as men can fill that gap by investing more spiritual things that are eternal in our children than material things that will fade away in time.
Being That Man – Every man wants to be “that man”. God wants every man to be that man who represents him and his standards while here on earth. By the grace of God, we have the potential to be the man of God is standing in the gap.
Help, Help I Need Help – Every now and then we as men need help. We have been assigned an awesome role as men. God gave Adam the role to oversee the entire Garden of Eden. Manage the flocks and beasts of the field, fowls of the air and fish of the seas. He had a lot of things to do and do it alone. God (Gen, 2:18) saw the responsibilities needed to be shared, so He gave him a help-meet. Eve cam along side of Adam and helped him. In the process of becoming men of God, we need to share the load or weight of our responsibilities. This doesn’t excuse us of anything for we are still going be be held accountable.