There are many things within the world that define what a man is. Is he the Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Cyborg, or a normal guy? Is he the fireman, police officer, pastor, mechanic, janitor, or retail owner? He may be a guy in a costume portraying supernatural powers, as an actor or have a job as a police officer or fireman, but what is he? Man was created in the image of God.
It may surprise you. The feelings or emotions you possess like love, joy, peace, anguish, laughter are all emotional responses possessed by our creator. He is not without feeling, like a juggernaut shielded by mystical powers and impervious to hurt or pain. No he is much more.
Man was created on the sixth day after all the creatures and everything man would require existed previous to his arrival. The only addition was the woman. Man was created to be set apart from the other creatures in both intellect and functionality. Man was created to lead and have authority over all living creatures. His responsibility given by God was huge.
Man was different from angels. Unlike angels with abilities to fly and appear as a man, we would remain in our present form. Sounds a little like a sci-fi movie. I assure you, it is not. Man was to keep things simple by being obedient to his master. God required little in the form of obedience. He was told not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Unfortunately, his disobedience made things more difficult and complicated.
I recall from my former years hanging out with guys who would play girls (cheaters) and the one thing I remember most is the trouble they had with keeping up with the lies and getting caught and how my life with one girl was so much more simple. I did not have to recall lies and differing stories about who I was I could simply be who I was.
Man is called to speak the truth in love. Man is a natural vessel with a supernatural component under the authority of the wisdom of his God. Man is a slightly independent being that operates like a mouse in the cage. He has the freedom to turn right or left within the cage, but does not have the option to choose where the door that leads out of the cage is. God has given us one door from which gives life and freedom.
He has given man the compass (Bible) from which we glean the proper direction. Now we choose whether as a man we will go left or right. Man is bound by time. His years upon earth are limited. His strength and abilities will not rescue him from the grave. The man does expire. When and how is not known until such time he does, but while the breathe of life is in man, he has hope for better tomorrows.
You may wonder why a discussion on man is important for building healthy relationships and the reason is simple. The more you know of you it becomes easier to communicate it to others and we know communication is one key in building healthy relationships. Also, the relationship maker is Christ the Lord and who better to first know then him.