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Self-control

It's not always easy to control our desires, emotions and outbursts but we can build mechanisms and skills to help us better deal with situations and have more self-control. We don't have to do it alone, self-control is one of nine fruits of the spirit, we as Christians, should expect to see self-control in ourselves as followers of Christ.

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What does it mean to have the character trait of Self-control?

Self-control as we are using it, here, refers to the power and influence one has within themselves. We cannot control everything in our lives, some things are beyond our control however, we do have a choice in how we handle ourselves and how we choose to perceive our reality, even in the darkest of times we can still choose to be joyful and see a bright side to the adversity we face. Sometimes we must take action and push forward, other times it is best that we stop, think and let things be, and play out. Self-control is the ability to know when to and when not to take action and to act accordingly.

 

Have there been any times you felt a lack of self-control?
Signs of a lack of self-control:

 

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Giving in to temptations.

Feeling overwhelming emotions or a sense of fight or flight.

Having lots of negative thoughts.

Speaking and acting quickly.

We can feel like our feelings, actions and words have a mind of their own but God's word tells us and reassures us, we are in control of our words and actions and that we have His help if we ask for it, in those times of overwhelm fear and anxiety.

Can you think of a time you experienced and had self-control?
Signs of showing self-control:

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Feeling a sense of calm or peace.

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Not giving into temptations.

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Being quick to listen, and allowing yourself the right amount of time before acting.

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Practicing healthy habits.

Above are the signs that show we have good self-control and so, if you want to build self-control is by making sure we have...

Mechanisms to help us combat our emotions and not get taken for a ride by the devil:

 

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We can memorize scriptures that will keep us in alignment with God, and the life he showed us in Jesus Christ.

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Not giving into temptations: Through healthy habits and listening to the holy spirit.

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Always practice being quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger (James 1:19).

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  We can practice healthy habits in our lives to make sure we are taking care of this, earthly, vessel God has given us.

Character Trait

What God's word says about self-control

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Be of sound mind and be aware of the enemy.

1 Peter 5:8

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God has given us a spirit of power, love and self-control.

Timothy 1:7

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Do not seek vengeance or retaliate .

Matthew 5:38-39

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Without self-control you have no defense against the enemy.

Proverbs 25:28

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2 Peter 1:5-6

"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;"

What It Means

In this verse Peter reassures us that we are not missing anything, that as believers we have been equipped to follow the example of Jesus' glory and goodness.

 

Through faith in Jesus, we have been freed from the corruption of sin, we know of Jesus, we can connect with God and call upon strength and teachings when required, we have been granted the right to participate, right now, in God's nature, to fulfill Gods purpose on Earth.

If we have been freed from sin, why do we still sin? in this verse Peter explains that as believers we have been given gifts but we must use those gifts. Using those gifts means work. Before Gods grace we lacked the ability or desire to live in Jesus' glory and goodness, but now that we have been empowered to do so, we must "make every effort" to add the following qualities to, or "alongside," our faith.

 

Goodness: a "moral excellence" meaning we will work to do good.

Knowledge: It is not enough to want to do good, we need to know what good is. We can know through knowing God (His word, prayer...)

Self-control: the ability to make the right choice in the moments when temptation strikes is paramount to our ability to do good and act upon the knowledge we receive from God.

Perseverance: refers to our ability to have self-control over time, we cannot have self-control sometimes, we must have it consistently. to fight against the persistent pressure of temptation and the devils attacks.

Godliness: this is what serves as a reminder that we must not lean on our own understanding (proverbs 3:5-6) as our human goodness pales in comparison to the excellence of Gods goodness. God himself is good. His goodness is forever but ours is temporary: the earth–bound "goodness" of men.

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Paul's Letter About Self Control

Found in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

This video tells us that we need to practice and use self-control in order to be fit, healthy and stay on track. Determination and persistence are key as we face our specific goal of eternal life with God, serving Him and preaching the good news.

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