Wednesday, June 28, 2006

What Does the Bible Teach About Self-control?

This one element of the fruit of the Spirit is a constant lesson to my Christian life: self-control. I need it in large doses all the time in this "game of life" where I'm always faced with pressures and challenges.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22, 23)

""...add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control..." (2 Peter 1:5, 6)

"...but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled ..." (Titus 1:8)

Someone has defined self-control as "exercising of one's God-given strength in order to live the 'game of life' in God's way." Certainly, self-control goes beyond my knowing the truth or what is right. It involves intentional control of my desires and feelings in order to please God.

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