by Carolyn Hope
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Self-control is the all-encompassing struggle of the soul. The need for self-control comes from the three-part nature of humanity; every person is a spirit with a soul in a body, and there is a battle waging among the three of them. Every human’s body is at odds with his new-born spirit, and his soul (mind, will, and emotions) must decide which voice to listen to. This is where we need self-control.
Proverbs 25:28 tells us, “A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.” Self-control is our defense system. Without it, everything will fall apart. Self-control looks temptation in the eye and steadily refuses to give in. It’s the ability to choose what’s right over what you want.
Self-control looks different for every person. To some, self-control means not going into a store with a sale so as to not spend money unnecessarily. For others, self-control is eating a salad instead of pizza. I personally need self-control whenever I go to a bookstore (I am absolutely a book-lover). Self-control will keep you careful in what you watch, wear, eat, say, and do.
One of the greatest tools for growing in self-control is to know what God’s Word says and what your convictions are. Get as much of the Bible in your heart as you can, and it will mold you into a man or woman of discipline. You’ll be able to stand confidently before places and things that once made you weak and remain strong.Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe