“Here’s one of my favorite statements: We are never going to enjoy stability, we are never going to enjoy spiritual maturity until we learn how to do what’s right when it feels wrong, and every time you do what’s right by a decision of your will using discipline and self-control to go beyond how you feel, the more painful it is in your flesh, the more you’re growing spiritually at that particular moment.”
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…
There are 52 weeks in a year and in each week we are expected to practice self-control 24/7. How can we do this in a world full of a myriad of influences that are competing with the word of truth? Only by knowing the truth can we be set free John 8:32.
Self-control is a continuous process, it is what you do when the alarm rings in the morning, when you open the refrigerator, when you drive, when you check in at work, when you interact with colleagues or clients, it is a lifestyle. We need it day and night. God is a God of order and when we lack self-control we are out of order. There are situation and things that control human life namely such as friends, news, TV ads, newspaper ads, bosses, and others.
Human have absolute control of their thoughts, thought control is a Holy right. Napoleon Hill asserts that Self-control = thought-control. Whatever you entertain in your thoughts determines your action. Your words and action towards others will reflect back to you as per Luke 6:38 give and it shall be given back to you…When you are angry control yourself just because you desire to do so. Unlike the law of Physics, in thought control, like attract like; you attract your kind of thoughts and actions.
“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”
What is self-control? The ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations.
“The best fighter is never angry.”
Lack of self-control
|Directs enthusiasm.Make more friends and few enemies.Stand firm against cynics or pessimists.Stimulate his imaginations and enthusiasm to produce action.
Seeks to understand haters.
Avoid judging others.
Never seek revenge Romans 12:19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
|You injure yourself.Turn opportunities away.Hate, envy, jealous, and fear.Revenge and other disruptive emotions.
Greed and selfishness.
Extreme self-sacrifice, and loving foolishly.
Ecstasies or uncontrollable enthusiastic over anything and anybody.
“Never respond to an angry person with a fiery comeback, even if he deserves it…Don’t allow his anger to become your anger.”
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
“I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
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Tejvan Pettinger (2013) People who made a difference. http://www.biographyonline.net/people/people-who-made-a-difference.html