The Bible calls Jesus a Warrior... He is both the strong warrior and the gentle shepherd. And Jesus is our example for manhood today. Every man has the responsibility to become the Gentle Warrior that God has called us to! The following scriptures shows this heart!
The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. Exodus 15:3
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns…He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God…Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter…"On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Rev 19:11-13, 15-16
God created every man with this heart of a warrior. It might have been suppressed over the years or never recognized, but the warriors heart is in there! You might have crushed it or you might of used it to further wrong pursuits, but it is in there. This heart comes to move us forward in our purpose, to be the juice to motivate us to conquer our mountains.
Every warrior has a cause to fight for. Every man has to fight for his family... to stand against the unprincipled voices of culture that are diametrically opposed to what we believe as Christians. Our families are looking for their men to lead them...
Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes. Nehemiah 4:14
“Fight, and you may die. Run, and you'll live. At least for a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance—just one chance—to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, [raising his sword over his head] but they’ll never take…OUR FREEDOM!” William Wallace in Braveheart
A warrior without a cause to fight for will find the wrong thing to fight against.
But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison. Acts 8:3
Two ways the warrior fights!
Sometimes you throw a punch, YOU GO ON OFFENSE... You take the initiative to train your children; to love your wife... you stand up and let others know that, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”! You show the example, not just tell it! You lead your family in integrity; in honesty; in following Christ. Saul, later called Paul, became a Christ follower and then said to those he was interning, “Follow me as I follow the Lord”!
Sometimes you turn a cheek. absorb the pain. DEFENCE, DEFENCE!
Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory." Deuteronomy 20:3-4
And then as you grow into the Gentle Warrior God has called all men to, keep your sons close enough to smell the action, see the battle, and taste the victory... They are our next generation of Gentle Warriors!
Fight right, fight strong, fight the good fight! Karl