Band Of Men

raise the flagConfess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. –James 5:16 AMP

As men, husbands, fathers, leaders, laborers and priests of our homes; our shoulders are often wearied with life’s heavy loads. More often than not, we are encouraging others to do their best, refuse mediocrity and live passionately for God. We hear the hurts and cries of our wives, children, family-members, friends, co-workers and the world at large. Because by God’s grace we have displayed some form of leadership quality, when others get in trouble they look to us for an answer and resolution to their ills.

But what happens when the “encourager” needs encouraging? What if the leader is straying off course? Who do we call if we are falling into temptations and sin? Do we even have someone we can trust and honestly talk to “no hold-barred” and still really understand? Who can we bare our hearts and souls to without being mocked, condemned, mistreated, ridiculed, ostracized, taken advantage of, labeled, humiliated or destroyed?

Sadly, most of us do not have a “band of men”, a brotherhood or comradery that is necessary during inevitable hard and tough times. No man is bullet-proof. As men we all are vulnerable. Every superman has his kryptonite. Of course my weakness may be your strength and “vice-versa”, but we all undoubtedly have kinks in our armors.

The long-suffering that men go through is a silent-cry that will most likely never be heard by anyone. As men we internalize things and are naturally prone to be strong for others while struggling ourselves. Therefore we wear whatever face we must necessarily wear for the situation at hand. We may be fearful, but that won’t stop us from putting on an embolden warrior’s face. We may be hurting, but we will  smile, joke and laugh because we desire to protect those around us who rely on us being content.

Men who can you go to and be vulnerable and brutally honest with? Who can you speak to about your short-comings, faults, struggles, weaknesses and sins no matter how embarrassing or shameful they may be? We all need to have a “band of men” surrounding us whom we can call and talk to, pray and take-action. This “band of men” are there to hold us responsible and accountable to our commitments and as “iron sharpens iron” challenge us to Christ-likeness. Every single man today must have a close-knit “band of men”, whether it’s 2, 3 or 5 other men whom you can confess your sins to and know that they will pray, encourage, help you get back up and restore you to your God-given position of manhood if and when you fall.

As a man I speak from my experience and I am sure I am not that different from you all. I am not ashamed, embarrassed, cowardly or too weak to admit that I sometimes need the help of others who are stronger than I. Find any trustworthy, loyal, integral, compassionate and mature men and you’ll discover that they’re also going through their own hard tough and difficult times just like you and I.

Life is a struggle that can break us if we allow it to when compacted by despair, hopelessness and a sense of loneliness that comes from feeling like no one understands where we’re coming from or what we’re dealing with. As your brother in arms I plead with you, seek out faithful, honorable, trustworthy, loyal, truthful, integral and mature men of God who are also struggling, for they may just be the ones you need to become part of your “band of men”. We all get “knocked-down”, but we don’t have to get “knocked-out” and stay down. A “band of men can help transform a “mighty mess” into “mighty men”. A “band of men”…let’s get it!

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