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. (Galatians 5:22-23)
“I want it all, and I want it now.”
(I want it all –Queen)
What time do you get up in the morning? I get up about five minutes before I have to. Maybe five minutes after if the weather is bad.
Some people get up an hour early so they can go running, or get to the gym before work. That takes dedication.
Yet most of us would have difficulty getting up half an hour earlier to spend 30 minutes more in prayer.
Why? Priorities I guess. For some of us our bodily health is more important than our spiritual health.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Lack of Self Control leads to excesses in areas that would otherwise be benign: Anger, Drinking, Ambition, Lust, Spending.
Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything-1 Corinthians 6:12
We need control to show love when we want to show hate.
We need control to be patient when we are not.
We need control to be kind when we are not feeling like it.
Self Control, like running or working out at the gym, takes practice.
We need to practise it every day to make it “muscle memory.”
- By choosing to read the Word, and follow it.
- By putting off what is wrong (run from temptation)
- By putting on what is right (choose to walk in the Spirit)
- By asking for help, all the time (Pray for strength and wisdom)
How do you build your Self Control? What area do you find it hardest to be controlled?
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