Here’s a quote from a lady who has had a bit of experience with men in her life. It’s excellent!
“Macho does not prove mucho.” Zsa Zsa Gabor
To connect this spiritually: what does it mean to be a man? In 1 Kings 2:2-3 King David tells his son Solomon: “[B]e though strong, therefore, and shew thyself a man.” Thus, being strong is being a man. But in what sense? David goes on: “And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments… that though mayest prosper in all that thou doest.”
So there it is: being a man means being strong in the Lord; humble enough to say: I’m gonna walk with God in my life, staying sensitive to the needs of my fellow men.
There is nothing wrong with muscles, of course (I even had some once). But they can never replace our spiritual muscles. And besides, when we leave this place someday, those are the only kinds of muscle we can bring with us. So why not make the effort and train them as well as we can – while we still have the opportunity.
I wish we men could pay more attention to the words of Paul, who describes the real essence of manhood: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave his life for it” (Ephesians 5:25).
The real macho man never takes. He only gives.