“I’ve been told to ‘act like a real man.’ Does the Bible have any instruction on what constitutes a ‘real man?’” — Charles
So, you want to be a real man? Then stand up, fight for your rights, show who is boss, swagger, cuss, spit, scratch, shoot something, have a smoke and drink a beer. If you’re old, go to one of those clinics that promise to remake you into the virile man of your youth.
Or not. This might be a stereotypical (if unfair) caricature of manliness in our culture. But it is not consistent with what the Bible portrays.
First, understand that the Bible does not give a checklist; i.e., “be this” or “do that” and then you will be a real man.
Second, remember that God created humankind in His image (Gen. 1:26-27). He created them “male and female.” Thus, we affirm that the created intent for a real man is to reflect something of God’s nature and purpose.
Third, Scripture describes the character of the honorable man in many places (e.g., Ps. 1; 15; Pr. 3-7; Ezek. 18:1-9; I Tim. 1:5f; 2:1-4; 3:1-13; 6:11-14; Titus 2:2, 6-8, 11-3:11; II Pet. 1:3-8). In these texts, we find that the honorable man is one who seeks to be godly.