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January 1, 2015 | Daily Devotionals | January 1

In its proper place, maleness is wonderful.  Yet our maleness is a major root of sexual sin.  So what do we do? 

We must choose to be more than male.  We must choose manhood. 

When our fathers admonished us to “be a man about it,” they were encouraging us to rise up to a standard of manhood they already understood.  They wanted us to fulfill our potential, to rise above our natural tendencies to take the easy way out.  When our fathers said, “Be a man,” they were asking us to be like them.

Our heavenly Father also exhorts us to be men.  He wants us to be like Him.  When He calls us to “be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect,” He’s asking us to rise above our natural tendencies to impure eyes, fanciful minds, and wandering hearts.  His standard of purity doesn’t come naturally to us.  He calls us to rise up, by the power of His indwelling presence, and get the job done.


Lord, I want to be a man.

I want to be like You.

Help me rise above my

natural tendencies to Your

standard of purity.



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