Salt & Light: A Guide to Loving Northwest Indiana

Page 33

do the right thing no matter what the consequences.

CWXaS P CadT <P] CT\_Tab 7Xb BcaT]VcW fXcW 6T]c[T]Tbb

what the Bible calls meekness. This is what our society needs and is longing for. Strong, responsible men who show appropriate love, affection, and emotion.

Why is gentleness so important? It is because gentleness keeps strength under control. If not balanced with gentleness, strength can be used for evil, rather than good. There are few things more effective in bringing about needed change than gentle strength—

If we are looking for a role model for this “true man,� we need look no further than the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus was given more responsibility than any other human being who has ever lived. And yet, he willingly took

[OH[ YLZWVUZPIPSP[` HUK M\SÄSSLK P[ JVTpletely. He is also the strongest man who has ever lived. He was, and is, a man with unlimited power—power tempered with incredible gentleness. He was strong enough to handle the PUJYLKPIS` KPMÄJ\S[ [OPUNZ [OH[ JHTL his way, but gentle enough to respond in love to everyone. In doing so, he changed the world. And if we will follow his example, we may be used to change the world as well.

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Chris Porter models male leadership as he serves at a local shelter, alongside his sons Zach and Colin.


BX]V[T ?PaT]cX]V } (