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Christ-like Masculinity: Twelve Attributes that made Christ, “The Man”


What does it mean to be a man? With so many opinions and options available it is impossible to arrive at one standard of masculinity that works for all men. While there are many great role models found in history, literature, pop culture, or even in our personal lives, We would argue that they are ultimately incomplete and thus fall short of a “whole” standard of manhood. So, who is the “real” man? We believe the answer to the question is found in the example and teachings of Jesus Christ.



What does it mean to be a man, like Jesus Christ?


We judge him to be a “whole” man. His brand of masculinity encompasses the “macho” of Rambo and the “passive” of Ghandi.


Our shared belief is that he embodies both ends of the masculine spectrum and everything in between. Jesus Christ’s masculinity was both powerful and vulnerable, compassionate, and authoritative. Most importantly he is not a stereotype of masculinity, thus giving each man the opportunity to create his own unique and authentic masculine brand, modeled after the Master’s.


We believe that where Christ-like men are found, there is far less conflict between men and women. There is certainly an absence of spousal and child abuse, date rape, and other crimes and abuses that are laid at the doorstep of so called “toxic” males. At the same time, men who pattern their expression of masculinity after Jesus Christ are retaining and investing in their powerful, loving selves that quite naturally protects, provides, connects, loves unconditionally, stands up for what is right and builds a better world today and for future generations.


We have compiled a list of twelve characteristics that we believe are present in men who experience and manifest Christ-like masculinity. We share the list with you today and have included a few scriptures (mostly from the New Testament as we are focusing on His mortality) to illustrate our points.


In the coming weeks we will elaborate on each of the twelve points in separate blog posts. In advance of those postings we are inviting you to comment on any or all of the twelve as well as help us identify attributes that we may have missed, and thus help us to develop the full meaning of Christ-like Masculinity.


1- Identity – He knew who he was

Matthew 16: 13 – 17; John 6: 35; John 8: 58; John 8: 12; John 4: 25 – 28


2- Competent – He had faith and knew what he was doing

Matthew 14: 25 – 31; John 2: 3 – 11; Mark 8: 22 – 25


3- Authoritative – He spoke with clarity and confidence

Mark 1: 21 – 22; Luke 20: 1 – 8; Luke 4: 36


4- Authentic – He spoke the truth

Matthew 22: 15 – 21; Luke 7: 36 – 47; Luke 10: 38 – 42; John 3: 7 – 11


5- Intimate – He was vulnerable, loving others more than himself

Matthew 26: 20 – 25; John 13: 4 – 10; John 13: 21 – 26; Mark 10: 13 – 16


6- Compassionate – He saw the needs of others and acted

Mark 5: 18 – 20; Matthew 15: 32 38; Mark 7: 25 – 30


7- Judgement – He was compassionate and just when judging

Matthew 7: 1 – 5; John 8: 3 – 11; Matthew 18: 21 – 35


8- Emotionally balanced – He felt fully, sharing his emotions

John 11: 32 – 35; Matthew 21: 12 – 13; Matthew 26: 36 – 39; Luke 7: 9


9- Connected – He was humble and no respecter of persons

John 4: 7 – 15; Mark 2: 14 – 17


10- Generative – He lived and died for future generations

John 13: 15; John 3: 16; John 14: 15 – 20


11- Higher purpose – He was obedient and served his Father

John 6: 38 – 40; Luke 22: 42; Luke 2: 46 – 49; Luke 11: 2


12- Wholeness – He balanced masculine and feminine attributes

Matthew 5: 48; 3 Nephi 12: 48; D&C 121: 40 – 44


Christ-like masculinity is the central theme of As I Am, a retreat for men, presented by the Men of Good Will of Discover Identity. The next retreat will take place in Beaver Utah, September 27th - 29th, 2019. Click on the link for information and to register.

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