ll Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity—of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear—but He has given us a spirit of power and of love and of calm and well balanced mind and discipline and self control.” (Amplified)
Today is the final post from this Scripture. Just to recap the prior discussions: power allows us full access in opening the gift in its entirety; love in all its brilliance is generated because of that power while at the same time love enables the power to be used justly, purely, and completely; calm comes about as a result of love; a well balanced mind is fostered by calmness; and that mind set allows the ability for discipline (the “to do”) and self control (the “do not”)—the subject of today’s topic.
Some of the descriptors of self control are restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires; control over feelings or actions. Certainly discipline and self control go hand in hand. One without the other would be only half the equation. The “to do” without the “do not” or vice versa would leave us without spiritual equilibrium. They both take a lot of determination and resolve. But praise God as Christians the struggle for both is won by Christ empowering us and infusing us with inner strength. (Philippians 4:13—Amplified)
I am going to let the Word do most of the speaking today. There are several mentions of self control in the Bible. Some of them are as follows all from the NIV translation:
Galatians 5:23 says that self control is a part of the fruit of the Spirit that is to be produced by every follower of Christ. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…” (NIV)
In I Thessalonians 5:6,8 Paul exhorts us “So then…let us be alert and self-controlled. (vs 8) But…let us be self-controlled.”
Proverbs 25:28 says, “Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.”
II Peter 1: 5-7 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.”
Titus chapter 2 is an interesting passage in that it mentions self control in three different admonitions which pretty much covers everyone. Verse 2 says “Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.” Verses 4,5 “Then they can urge the younger women…to be self-controlled and pure…” Verse 12 “…say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”
When you unwrap and open a gift from a friend or loved one you utilize it for the purpose it is intended (or perhaps you might “regift” but I will reserve judgment on that—LOL.) You do not say, “thank you very much” and hand it back. So use this wonderful gift God has given you every single day. Dearest friend and fellow believer, now that we have completed opening the gift do not put it back in the box, tie the ribbon around it and put it away. The beauty of this gift is that it is always new, fresh, and in ample supply. It never gets old or used up. And may the Lord bless you richly as you whole heartedly receive “The Gift”.
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