You have heard people say, real men don’t cry. Or real men are not afraid of anything.But neither of those is true.
Fear: Is the emotion of alarm in reaction to a perceived danger or threat. The danger may be real (the shadow of a burglar, a rapidly approaching car) or it may be imaginary (a shutter creaking in the breeze, a scary scene in a movie), but the perception is real and defined.
There are dangers that we should fear, but much of what we fear is made up in our minds.
Fear of failure
Fear of conflict
Fear of the unknown
To be a real man, a man who will lead courageously requires overcoming those false fears by trusting God and yielding the results to Him.
With the fear of failure and the fear of the unknown we are simply guessing, playing mind games with ourselves rather than doing what is right and trusting. Don’t let the fear of failure or the unknown keep you from leading courageously-of being adventurous.
As for the fear of conflict–conflict will happen, the longer you avoid it, the worse it becomes. The truth is that our fear of conflict in many ways is a lack of love. We should those we have conflict with enough to invest in a conflict with them for their good and our relationship.
So, I challenge you to put fear aside and be a man–a man of God.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love. (ESV)
Hebrews 13:5-6 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (ESV)
2 Corinthians 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, (ESV)