Beloved of Christ Jesus, what is self-control? Self-control is a firm stance not want to be ruled by worldly desires, or do not compromise on anything that is contrary to the truth. Self-control is about one’s commitment to live righteously, develop good habits accompanied by a determination to leave, remove, and destroy the bad habits that lead a person further away from God’s way. Having self-control means daring to say “no” to everything ungodliness and worldly as the Word of God written in Titus 2:12 says; “It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” To be self-control requires will, determination, passion and hard work, because the Word of God in Matthew 26:41 says; “… the spirit is willing, but the ﬂesh is weak.” Self-control is important for believers because it is the most important condition to follow Jesus. “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24). Being able to control oneself means “… bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Sometimes the unpleasant things, difficult situations or people that we are experiencing is allowed by God to build and test us on whether we are able to demonstrate an attitude of self-restraint and to hold fast to our faith, so that through our attitude and deeds other people would not stumble. Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us have the same determination as Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:27 which says; “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen!