Thursday, May 17, 2012
SELF CONTROL...JUST DO IT OKAY?
Does anyone reading this have a self control problem? Let's say for instance in the area of eating. Do you eat too much and then are sorry about it and start to gain weight? Perhaps it is in talking. Is your problem perhaps with your mouth saying something when it would have better been left unsaid. Maybe it is in the area of discipline being able to do tasks you need to do such as cleaning house, finishing a project, doing homework or studies, or just getting to the gym to fit a daily workout in so your 'temple of God' (your body) stays in shape. Perhaps self control is required when driving so you do not into an instance of road rage. Whatever it is self control is vitally important for leading a happy, healthy, productive life.
What does the Bible have to say about this area? 1 Peter 1:13 tells us "Therefore prepare your minds for action, be self controlled. Set your hope fully on the grace to be given to you when Christ is revealed." 1 Thessalonians 5:6 says " and then not let us be like others who are asleep, but let us be alert and self controlled." Proverbs 25:28 says "a man without self control is like a city broken into and left without walls." Galatians 5:22-23 says "but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control, against such things there is no law." Proverbs 16:32 says "Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty. And he who rules his spirit better than he who takes a city." 1 Peter 4:7 says" the end of all things is at hand, therefore be self controlled and sober minded for the sake of your prayers."
There are many more verses but you get the idea. It is vitally important as a believer to set a good example and to get your self under control for your own good and to be an effective witness for the kingdom of God.
Falling under this same area would be the self control of disciplining yourself to not just squeeze Christ into your day but to build your day around Him. Why not try it?
PRAYER: Lord God I thank you for your love for me. When I mess up when I am out of control you are there ready to forgive and give me a second chance. If only humans were the same way. Help me Lord to have self control in every area of my life and give me the strength I need to cope with difficult situations in my life that may cause me to lose control. In Jesus name. Amen.