Summary: Joseph wasn't just any knd of man, but he was a just man.
St. Matthew 1:18-25
Topic: How to be the J-U-S-T Man
In Matthew 1:19 it says that Joseph was a "just" man. He was a J-U-S-T Man. So the question that we need to ask ourselves is, What does it means to be a just man? What does it mean to be a J-U-S-T Man?
Now according to the dictionary definition of the word just, to be just means to be honorable and fair in your dealings with other people. To be just means to be consistent with what is morally right. Also, to be just means to have a good character and good morals.
But the question is still being asked, What does it mean to be a J-U-S-T Man?
Now to understand what it means to be a J-U-S-T Man, a just man, we are going to look each letter in the word "just", and with each letter, we are going to learn what it means to be a J-U-S-T Man, a just man or what it means to be a "just" woman, just teenager, a just boy, and a just girl.
1. To become a J-U-S-T man, it means to become a man who has been Justified by God. To become justified by God means to be in a right relationship with God. Now, in order to be in a right relationship with God, we must have our sins forgiven and washed away because it is our sins that separates us from God. And to have our sins forgiven and washed away, we must believe and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior because Jesus Christ himself said that I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man can come to the Father, that is, no man can come or enter into a right relationship with God, and be justified by God except you come through Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 says, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Galatians 2:16 says, "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ; and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified."
Galatians 3:11 says, "that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident, for the just shall live by faith."
So we see here that Joseph was a just man because he was a man who lived by faith. He was a man who trusted in God, and if you want to be a J-U-S-T Man, you got to put your trust in the Lord.
2. To be a J-U-S-T Man means to be a man who is Upright. To be an upright man means to be a man who has a good and a respectable reputation. It means to be a man who has good morals and a good character. It means to be a man who lives right, talk right, think right, and act right. To be a upright man means to be a man who has integrity, someone who is truthful and honest. To be upright man means to help those who are less fortunate, to help those who are in need. It means to be a man who is determined to live right for God, and to live right by others.
Psalms 37:37 says, "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace.
Proverbs 14:2 says, " He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord, but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him."
Isaiah 26:7 says, "The way of the just is uprightness, thou most upright dost weigh the path of the just."
Joseph was a just man because he was an upright man who feared God, who had a good and respectable reputation, who was determined to live right for God, and to do right by his fellow man. And if you want to be a J-U-S-T Man, you have to be a man who fears God, a man who will determined to live right for God, and to do right by his fellow man.
But to be a upright man does not mean that you will be a perfect man for in Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not." Then in Proverbs 24:16 says, "For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again; but the wicked shall fall into mischief."