Self Control

Life isn’t always fair. Have you ever been mistreated? Have you ever dealt with individuals full of arrogance and with a total lack of concern for what was right? Have you ever wanted to respond in kind with every fiber of your being? Did you lose control? Did your lack of self-control help the situation?

Think about Joseph. Initially his brothers sold him into slavery. This would have been enough for some of us to have given up, but not Joseph. After he had been taken to Egypt he became a servant in the house of Potiphar’s house. Joseph was making the best of a bad situation. Potiphar’s wife took notice of Joseph. Joseph would not be party to this sin. As a result, Potiphar’s wife lied about Joseph and he was put into prison. Did Joseph deserve his fate? How easy it would have been for Joseph to have lost self-control. Joseph maintained his integrity with the world closing in from every direction.

Self-control is important even when life isn’t fair. There will be unfair events in our lives. There will be times when we lose things important to us. In times like these we must maintain our self-control.

Why does it matter? First, God commands it. I have seen those who claim to be followers of God who use their temper as a tool to get their way. They become loud and boisterous. This stands in opposition to God. When we allow our self-control to be lost it damages our influence. It takes away our opportunities for the Lord. We cannot walk in the footsteps of Jesus without maintaining self-control.

How do we maintain control in our lives? The following ideas may help. These aren’t a complete list by any means but it is a start for all Christians.

  • Humble yourself before God. If you can realize that without God’s help we are a mess, then we can deal better with those who mistreat us.
  • Allow the Holy Spirit to Dwell in You.
  • Realize God is better able to deal with those who mistreat you.
  • Trust God and lean not on your own understanding.
  • Put the situation in God’s hands.

This will not solve all your difficulties but it does point us in the right direction.

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2 Responses to Self Control

  1. christina says:

    Thank you Dell! That one was for me!

  2. Thanks Christina, It fit me as well.

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