Character does not reach its best until it is controlled, harnessed, and disciplined. The goal of God's creative ability is to work in us and shape us into the image of Jesus Christ. So,  for the Christian, self control is  actually Christ controlled. The impulses of human nature can only be controlled by a force stronger than themselves. Paul puts it like this, "I am controlled by the love of Christ"  (I Cor. 5:14 Moffatt). 

A fire out of control will destroy everything in its path. An automobile out of control will endanger other drivers on the highway. An individual out of control can be just as dangerous because relationships will be destroyed and everything that is noble and right will become lopsided and destruction will be far reaching.

A fire, when restricted and put in its proper boundaries is very comforting. It will give warmth to our homes in the cold of winter. Our food may be cooked with fire. Fire can be extremely helpful to us. But beware! When a fire rages out of its bounds, it will be brutal. So it is when a human being rages out of control. Destruction follows. 

The last fruit of the Spirit  in Galatians 5 is the word self control  Galatians 5:23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law."  The word, self control covers a vast area of emotions. It implies controlling the spirit, body and mind.. Self control is not just a control of wrong desires but it covers surrendering of ourselves to a Kingdom government; the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7, For God did not give us the spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." (NIV) Only the indwelling Christ can give us that kind of self control. Peter puts it like this in 2 Peter 2:19, "They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity - for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him"(NIV) The term, whatsoever depicts a broad scope of our human nature

 

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.



Actually, self control is "love in charge." With love in charge, we weigh what is best and abstain from the rest.  We sacrifice the lesser for the highest good. In doing this, we find freedom from being a slave to desires and passions and move on to the greater things of God's Kingdom. Of course, the greatest is to be of service to others for the "greatest of these is love."

 

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