by Pat McIntosh
I stomped on my own toes even writing this article. There are areas of each of our lives in which we struggle with self-control. This may involve our eating, recreation, speech or any other of a number of things with which we “go too far.” Failing to practice self-control in these areas can result in poor health, injury, fractured relationships and numerous other consequences.
In 2 Peter 1:3-10, we find a listing of what are known as the Christian Graces. In 2 Peter 1:6, we are told to add self-control to knowledge. The knowledge spoken of there is dealing with learning and applying God’s word. As we study God’s word and learn both what we must do and not do, we are told to exercise self-control in various areas of life. Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I love by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). When writing to the church at Rome, Paul said that they were to stop being conformed to the world and be transformed through a mind renewed in the reception and application of God’s word (Rom. 12:1-2).
Self-control is difficult. We have a difficult time disciplining ourselves. But, we are not alone. We have our own well-being to consider, but we must also consider the impact of our actions and attitudes on others. We must consider the dire consequences of an uncontrolled life. The stakes are too high for us to fail to “rein ourselves in.” Self-control is facilitated when we think of how things affect us, others and our eternal destination. As we continue to reflect on God’s word, may we apply the self-control that He expects and demands of us.
A.M. Sermon – The Christian Graces (4): Self-Control
Introduction (Gal. 2:20)
- God and the Whole Christian (1 Cor. 6:19-20; Rom. 12:1-2)
- The Prize (1 Thes. 4:1-2; James 1:12; Heb. 12:1-2)
- Knowledge and Self-Control (1 Cor. 8:1)
- Three Distinct Realms (1 Thes. 5:21-22; 1 Cor. 10:23-24)
P.M. Class – Denominational Doctrines – Introduction