“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength”MARCUS AURELIUS
Do you act spontaneously or do you consciously adjust your behaviour? If someone makes you angry, do you strike back, either physically or verbally or simply lean back, keep silent and strategize? (James 1:19-21) Do you think that God realizes that self-control might be difficult for us? According to James 4:7, we were told to “submit to God and resist the devil, and that when we do so, he will flee from us”. This simply tells us that God actually bore the thought that controlling ourselves might be a Herculean task.
Simply put, self-control means having control over your desires. You see, Joseph was praised for this very thing. He had full control over his sexual desire through mental effort(Gen. 39). Being self-controlled is the foundation for living a life of righteousness that reflects Jesus and glorifies God. If we do not have this trait, we would be subject to what controls us.
The question now is “why is self-control important?
Self-control requires us to keep our emotions under control at all times. Don’t you think that lacking this attribute, will not only compromise our common sense; but also our judgment? We can actually find ourselves overwhelmed with the consequences of not having self-control in many areas of life.
In a nutshell, self-control is a fruit of the Spirit as written in Gal. 5:23 and; it is of utmost importance that you possess it. Remember, it is a foundation for living!
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