I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)
(Part 2) The very concept of “self-control” implies that there is a battle raging between a “self” that is divided. It implies that our “self” desires to do what it should not, requiring us to somehow control it. Jesus instructs us in Luke 9:23, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” It is on a “daily” basis that our “self” produces desires that need to be denied or controlled.
We get a glimpse just how serious of a battle this is in Matthew 5:29-30 when Jesus tells us, “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.”
Hello… This is Tom. Suddenly, the previous author (Chad H.) has no hands or eyes and is therefore unable to finish this discussion.
Paul says that Christians should exercise self-control in all things as an athlete who is running a race for a prize, so let us not run aimlessly as one beating the air (1st Corinthians 9:24-26). Self-control is saying no to sinful desires, even when it hurts.
Many of us grew up repeatedly hearing the anti-drug slogan, “Just Say No!” How did that work out? From the looks of drug use today I’d have to say not very well. The Christian way of self-control is NOT to “Just Say No.” The problem therein lies with the word “just.” Christians say “no” in a special way… through their faith in the power of Christ.
The difference between worldly self-control and godly self-control is crucial. It is a matter of who will get the glory for the victory? Are we attempting to get the glory by doing things on our own, or are we looking to give Christ glory as we depend on His power as our strength?
It is important for a Christian to understand that self-control is a gift. It is a fruit of Holy Spirit: The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace… self-control” (Galatians 5:22). Romans 8:13 states, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” May we all understand the importance of understanding the it is “by the Spirit” that we may put to death the deeds of our bodies… This includes our minds. It is not by our might or power, but by His Spirit that we obtain self-control in any area of our life. Below you will find a few examples of what a self-controlled life looks like. Can you use help in any of these areas, or other areas? Find your strength in God’s Spirit.
People with self-control master their moods. They do not let their moods master them. Most of what gets done in the world is accomplished by people who do the right thing even when they don’t feel like it: “A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.” (Proverbs 25:28)
People with self-control watch their words. They put their minds in gear before opening their mouths: “Be careful what you say and protect your life. A careless talker destroys himself.” (Proverbs 13:3)
People with self-control restrain their reactions. How much can you take before you lose your cool? “If you are sensible, you will control your temper. When someone wrongs you, it is a great virtue to ignore it.” (Proverbs 19:11)
People with self-control stick to their schedule. If you don’t determine how you will spend your time, then others will decide for you: “Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16)
People with self-control manage their money. They learn to live on less than what they make and they invest the difference. The value of a budget is that it tells your money where you want it to go rather than wondering where it went! “In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.” (Proverbs 21:20)
People with self-control maintain their health. That way they can accomplish more and enjoy their achievements: “Learn to appreciate and give dignity to your body ….” (1 Thessalonians 4:4)
“For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Blessed is best!!
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