Self Control

Understand that as I write on self control, I consider myself not to be the best candidate to do so. This is an area in my life in which there is much room for growth and strengthening. However, as I pursue it, I have learned an incredible amount about myself and what I hope to be principles that can help others.

Self control is both a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23) and an attribute of a Christian leader (1 Tim 3:2, Titus 1:7-8). It is highly encouraged for all believers (1 Thessalonians 5:8). I’m sure there’s many books on the definition of self control, but for the purposes of this article, I’ll define it simply. It is will over self, the ability to rule or regulate our lives. I’m sure we can all relate it to our tempers, our eating habits, or our addictions.

I’ve realized that there are a few things that help tremendously, and I’m not sure if some are wholly good.  Fasting from food is invaluable for learning self control.  It’s odd that something as simple as not eating food can teach so much.  Through a three day fast, I became more aware of my sinful desires, and awareness of my own thought process allowed me to question whether or not the thought was beneficial.  I had complete faith that God would answer this prayer: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts, and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” in Psalm 139:23-24Philippians 4:7-8 was His answer, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”  Thinking about all of the things mentioned here is such a great benefit.

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Published in: on May 4, 2008 at 8:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

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