There is a growing problem of temptation in our lives. We are tempted to eat sweets, to say mean things, to lie to our friends and family; the list goes on. How do we avoid these tragic situations? Is it possible to back away from such a tempting sight? The answer is yes, but not without help.
In Galatians chapter 13 we are commanded by God to live and walk in the spirit. The fruit of the spirit is the guideline we are given to accomplish the command God has given us. To obtain the attributes of love, joy, and patience we need to have obtained self control first. God knew that this task would be difficult to achieve on our own so He has come to help us. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it”. God has given us His word as a tool in which clearly states the aspects and ways in which we can use self-control.
One of the most difficult things to control is the tongue – the most dangerous tool that we have been given. The tongue was designed to bring encouraging, uplifting words, but has instead become of use for hurtful, degrading words to the individual. Proverbs 18:21 commands us to tame our tongues. We should only use our words to benefit one another and build each other up. If we can merely practice self control in this area other areas will become easier to acquire.
God gives us an example of what a self-controlled person is like in the book of Titus. In Titus chapter one you will find that a self controlled person is hospitable, a lover of good, upright, holy, and disciplined. To be a hospitable person means that you put others needs before yours. Just by being hospitable, you are practicing self control. As a result you will learn to love doing what is right, become set apart from the world’s standards and ways, and be disciplined in what is good and right.
Proverbs 16:32 says “Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city” Self-Control is an important aspect and goal that one should have in life. God created us to be loving, righteous, and perfect. Since the fall of man (Genesis chapter 3), He knows that we are not perfect but He is working to make us into the person He wants us to be. He gave us a choice and even though we may be tempted to follow the world, choosing Him is a much more beautiful and exciting life to live.
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