Self-control is the ability to control oneself. It has to do with moderation, constraint, and the ability to say “no” to our fleshly desires.
I believe that one of the proofs that God is working in our lives is the ability to control our own thoughts, words, and actions. It is not that we are weak or that we need to be aware of this but it is because we are under the influence of sin. One definition of sin is “filling a legitimate need through illegitimate means.”
Without Jesus we won’t be able to determine and choose the best way to meet our needs. Even if we know what is best, and we know what we need to do, without self-control we can fall into that sin more and more. If we don’t show self-control in our actions, we will continually, on a daily basis, fall back into the things that pull us further and further away from God.
The great thing is self-control naturally leads to perseverance and the ability to abstain from instant gratification of the world. Self-control is a gift that frees us. It frees us to have a healthy body, in the security of good stewardship, from a guilty conscience and it restricts us to fall into our foolish desires. If we were to have self-control we will be able to love and live as we were meant to.
For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
- That God reveals where you need more self control.
- God to give you the self control needed to defeat whatever sin has a hold on you.