As a fruit of God's Spirit, self control may be the single hardest to master over the course of a lifetime, yet we need it to do our parts in God's Kingdom.
Has anyone, other than Jesus Christ, really exhibited self-control? In the end, however, this is the ultimate aim of growing in the character of God.
Only by using God's Spirit can we gain the self-discipline, self-mastery, and self-control to put to death the carnal pulls, giving us freedom from sin.
Self-control is the ability to focus our attention so that our decisions will not be directed by wrong thoughts. If we change our thoughts, we change our behavior.
Paradoxically, when we yield to God's sovereignty, He wants to cede control over to us, teaching us to develop self-control as an ingrained habit.
A lack of self-control, as well as the cultivation of self-indulgent perversions, will characterize large segments of our society living at the end times.
The New Covenant, wherein God writes His law on the heart and gives His Spirit, empowers God's people to obey without the need for external control.
If we govern ourselves, God will take care of us. Government of any kind will not work unless people govern their own nature. Self-control enables us to show love.
David Maas, focusing on God's wistful lament in Deuteronomy 5:29, "if only they had such a heart in them to keep My Commandments," observes that, through a kind of "heart transplant" described in Hebrews 8:10 (compare Jeremiah 31:33), introducing a new, better Covenant, God has promised that He would imprint …
Martin Collins, identifying a list of infamous monarchs who had the title "the Great" affixed to their names, puzzles over the criteria historians employed when giving this designation to patently blatant tyrants, and contrasts this pretentious greatness with the genuine greatness inherent in God Almighty. Ironically, …
John Ritenbaugh, acknowledging that Mitt Romney will be the standard-bearer of the Republican Party, suggests that Romney, of all the candidates, is perhaps closer to the current President's views than any of the others. Nevertheless, the leftist Democrat propaganda machine, headed by militant feminist Hillary Rosen, has …
Longsuffering, or patience, the fourth fruit of the Spirit, is a much needed virtue in a fast-paced, impatient world.
Love is patient and kind. These are the only two characteristics Paul says love is, defining it positively. What follows is what love does not do.
While our independence means that we are self-directed and can make our own decisions, we are still members of a society and must conduct ourselves accordingly.
What are we to do when destructive words come our way? We must learn to take everything with much patience and longsuffering, which will result in peace.
In the West, both food and information are readily available. We need self-control and a dedication to truth in order to live a godly life.
Martin Collins, citing a startling 700,000 assaults ("intimate partner violence" episodes) in 2001, accounting for 20% of felonious crime, suggests that patience and longsuffering are diminishing commodities in modern Israel, while selfishness and violence sadly are on the increase. We are admonished, as practicing …
Jesus demonstrated His meekness in His treatment of many with whom He interacted. Balancing firmness and gentleness, He seeks to save rather than destroy.
The tongue may be the most untamed beast on earth! James says we all offend in word. But James 3 is filled with wisdom regarding how we can overcome the beast.
Kindness goes hand-in-hand with love. It is an active expression of love toward God and fellow man, produced through the power of God's Spirit.
The group that one fellowships with is less important than the understanding that there is one true church, bound by a spiritual, not a physical unity.
Not all waiting is actually waiting on God. We might convince ourselves that we are waiting on God, when He is really waiting for us to move forward.
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on a quote attributed to Franklin D. Roosevelt by his former son-in-law Colonel Curtis Dall, "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way," suggests that the liberal agenda designed to destroy the dominant role of Modern Israel (America and …
Because of our lack of self-discipline and willingness to guard the truth, we have allowed our theological base to deteriorate under the persuasion of the world.