Being In Control

Posted by Emma on March 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Filed under:Character,Daily Thought

Self-control is a very important character trait for Christians to have. Sadly, it is lacking in most Christian young people today. I was reminded of that fact this morning. Our choir, which is mostly young people, was singing at church, we were lined up waiting to go into the sanctuary. The choir members were suppose to be quiet listening to what was going on in the sanctuary. This however did not happen. A fair number of choir members were whispering back and forth. As the time that we had to wait lengthened, more whispering happened. It was sad to see that those Christian young people did not have enough self-control to be able to stand quietly for that length of time. Likely, none of them thought about it in those terms but it does not change the fact that they were not demonstrating self-control.

What is self-control? Webster defines self-control as control of one’s self; restraint exercised over one’s self. It is to be able to contain yourself and your desires. Self-control is being absolutely in control of who you are and what you do. It is being able to refrain yourself when you need to or push yourself to do something when you need to. If you have self-control, you do what you need to do and do not give in to temptations and distractions.

The Bible mentions self-control several times. Proverbs 25:28 says, “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” (ESV). “Do not deprive one another, expect perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” 1 Corinthians 7:5 (ESV). 1 Corinthians 9:25-27 (ESV), “Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV). “For God  gave us a spirit not to fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,” 2 Tim 3:1-4 (ESV). “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, ad brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8 (ESV)

It is clear that self-control is important for us to have. Work to be able to control yourself in the little areas of life and you will find that you will be able to in the big areas. In these days less and less people have self-control, the same is true of the last days. As Christians we must be different than the world, we must demonstration self-control. Support your faith with self-control and do not fall into temptation. Live for the Lord and control yourself!

One Response to “Being In Control”

  1. Naomi Says:

    Good thoughts.