The Godly Man’s Picture: Study 7 by Travis Evans
December 15, 2006, 4:28 pm
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by Mike Plewniak

This week’s section is classic: A godly man is an evangelical weeper. That’s right, according to Watson a godly man cries. The timeless question has been answered for us. Watson says, “grace dissolves and liquefies the soul, causing a spiritual thaw. The sorrow of the heart runs out at the eye” (p. 55). Though one question is answered, it opens one more important question: what is appropriate for guys to cry about? Our favorite team losing the big game? The romantic ending of “You’ve Got Mail”? A nice hallmark card that touches our heart? NNNNOOOOOOO!

Watson gives us several categories that are appropriate. “He weeps for indwelling sin. A godly man weeps for clinging corruption. A child of God weeps that he is sometimes overcome by the prevalence of corruption. A godly heart grieves that he can be no more holy. A godly man sometimes weeps out of the sense of God’s love. A godly person weeps because the sins he commits are in some sense worse than the sins of other men.”

When was the last time you cried over hatred of your sin and amazement of God’s holiness. When were you so amazed at the cross of Jesus Christ, that your only response was to fall and weep over your sins that placed him there. There are few things that are as masculine as falling at the cross of Christ. “Divine tears not only wet but wash; they purge out the love of sin” (p. 59). C’mon guys, let’s all have a good cry together!

The second characteristic of a godly man in this section is that he is a lover of the word. I don’t have time to walk thru all the details of this one, but I would encourage you to turn in your book to these pages and review it. Watson tells us to diligently read it, frequently meditate on it, delight in it, hide it, defend it, prefer it above all things, talk about it, and conform to it.

Let me end with my favorite quote from an unknown author about God’s word:

This book is the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding; its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s character. Here paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. Follow its precepts and it will lead you to Calvary, to the empty tomb, to a resurrected life in Christ; yes, to glory itself, for eternity.”

May you enjoy a tear-filled weeping week in God’s word!

For next week: pages 67-77.


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What book is this from?!

Comment by The Puritan

“The Godly Man’s Picture” by Thomas Watson

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