Matthew 24:13New International Version (NIV)
13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
The meaning of the word nice is as unreliable as the people it describes. Today, it is synonymous with words like pleasant and agreeable. It is also meant for effeminate, unmanly, cannot endure much, dainty, reluctant, ignorant, and difficult to please.
You might asking yourself, where are you going with this Mr. Nice Guy stuff? We find a fork in the road today as Christian men. If we are unfailingly what they call pleasant, agreeable, and carry the posture of a man who has impeccable manners, we are considered being Mr. Nice?
Often we find these kind of men to simply be posers at church or in front of people. Behind closed doors in their homes, they are secretive and manipulators. Harsh words for the description of being Mr. Nice Guy.
We have lost the true meaning of what it means to be a man and especially a man of God. We fight the 21st century as being called metrosexual, being passive, living a life hidden from adventure, and not living life to the fullest.
Here is a good quote by R.C. Sprouls who says, “When I became a Christian, I understood that Jesus took my sin away. What I never heard from Him was that He intended to take away my backbone.”
I have found that ‘niceness’ makes men agreeable, not good. Niceness and righteousness do not go hand-in-hand. The Bible says righteous men are bold as lions NOT kitty cats. So how do we, as men, live a righteous life? We will discuss that in the next few devotionals on ‘How to Live a Righteous Life’ and how to leave the watered down Mr. Nice Guy behind.
Strength and Courage