There are three final stages in How to Grow as a Man of Faith Pt 2: the Lover Stage, the King Stage, and the Sage Stage.
The Lover Stage
The lover needs the warrior to act decisively and restrain his passions.
The lover stage (the 20s to 30s) is the awakening of the heart. This could manifest as a love of poetry, nature, music…and eventually romance.
This is the stage in which men learn how to love themselves by loving others. It can also deepen your awareness of how you are created in God’s image.
There are two extremes of lovers we need to look at before we move on.
The addicted lover becomes consumed by short-term pleasure at almost any cost. This person is a collector of experiences, women, and toys. The addicted lover resists structure and pursues pleasure.
The impotent lover lives in a muted world. His world may be void of color and flavor.
The King Stage
In the king stage (age 40-60), the man is mature, centered, and decisive. He lives with integrity and purpose. He protects his realm and serves his community.
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