Confessions of a Pastors Wife~ Self Control...
Last but not least in the line up of the fruit of Spirit: SeLf CoNtRoL.
Here's how it goes down: I'm using every ounce of energy to exercise self control because my integrity is in question. The atmosphere is emotionally charged and my old nature (not so nice, mean woman) wants to "set the record straight." The amount of adrenaline and mad thoughts swirling around in my head could become destructive but I refuse to lower my standards and join the drama so I choose my shoes. My shoes and I run to clear the brain and renew my spirit woman. My goal is to avoid adding drama to a manipulation saturated situation. God help me exercise self control. FYI: I have NOT perfected this fruit so there's that...
"The University of Pennsylvania surveyed two million people and asked them to rank order their strengths in 24 different skills, self-control ended up in the very bottom slot (for the record, self-control is a key component)."
Isn't it interesting that of all the successes we experience in a given day our minds focus on our failures, especially in the area of self control.
What is self control? the ability to control yourself. It means I choose to put the brakes on my irrational behavior, use personal restraint, and say “no” to cravings and fleshly lusts. How? Meditate or retrain the brain! My sin nature sends me into a tail spin when chaos erupts BUT through meditating / thinking on the Word He tames my tongue and calms my spirit.
"Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." (Phil 4:8 NLT) Our minds and mouths will become a run away train unless we PLAN on exercising the Word.
We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. (Romans 6:6-7 NLT)
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free and don’t get tied up again in slavery (Galatians 5:1 NLT)