This morning as I was driving to work, I was hit with the realization that I am lacking in self control. Oh, that hurt! I tend to think that I have everything in control. I have control over my life, my life is going in the direction I want. However, what about my mouth? What about my attitude? What about my actions? I have allowed my own personal selfishness to rule my life. Here's a look at what the apostle Paul in the Bible says about self control:
Galations 5:19-23 "The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
Self control seems like such a little thing but it carries over into many areas of my life such as my eating habits, my physical activities, how I react when someone says something I don't like, how I react when I get cut off in traffic (insert raised eyebrow here)....
I have to decide on a daily basis: do I want to rule my life, or do I want my life to honor and glorify God? I think I am going to have to stick these verses from Galations on my computer, too. Pretty soon I won't even be able to see my computer!
I think I have a lot to work on...