Posted in Seek Peace and Pursue it

Self-Control?

Self-control – it is the root cause of my biggest weakness, my inability to control my mouth.   Both what comes out of it, as well as what goes in it.

Oh sometimes I have great words of wisdom and much kindness to bestow.  And then I come face to face with incompetency, and another side of me comes out.  It’s a side that I don’t want anyone to see.  It’s ugly, and it prevents me from being the light that He desires me to be.

Lately I find myself coming back again and again to the “fruit of self-control”.  I think that I avoided pursuing this fruit of the Spirit precisely because I thought I had a pretty good handle on it. I am a very determined person with a lot of will power.  In every job I have had, I have doubled, if not tripled my job description, because I know how to get things done.

I now realize that this is not the “fruit of self-control” that Paul is talking about in James.  Now there is nothing wrong with using your gifting (we can and we should!)  But when it becomes a matter of will-power, a reliance on self, then it is exactly the opposite of what God asks of us.  (See my last post on that “Fixing Myself“).

The “fruit of self-control” is purposely submitting your will to Christ’s will.  Letting Him take root in your heart, thereby yielding a fruit within you that then gives you the strength you need to be able to say yes to God and no to self.

So now I find myself praying daily for the fruit of self-control to be greater manifested in me.  That I would no longer be “self” controlled, but that I would submit my will to Him and let Him alone remake me.

Seeking the fruit of self-control…seems crazy, but that gives me peace.

“For God did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but a spirit of power, discipline and self-control” 1 Timothy 1:9.

“Seek peace and pursue it” Psalm 34:14b

 

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