Living Life God's Way 7/1/2005; Self Control Needed
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The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.
Augustine of Hippo
Self Control Needed
Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with
if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.
1 Timothy 6: 6, 8
Let's face it, we do not like to take the blame. When I was a
child, I took scissors to my hair and to a pair of tights (not all in
one day, thank God, or I might not be here now!). Each time when
confronted with what I had done, I said I had no idea how that happened.
I didn't want to take responsibility for my actions. Even though I have
grown tremendously since those days, there are still times when taking
responsibility for who I am and what I do is not any easier.
When confronted with something in ourselves we don't like, it is
far easier to blame something/someone else, far easier to say it was our
parents, or the situation, the people we were with, or the events that
took place. But here's reality: we are each responsible for who we are
and how we act and react. The words from 1 Timothy 6 above are clear: if
we have no self control leading to godliness, then anything can and will
rob us of godly contentment. There is nothing to keep us firm and
strong, nothing to protect us from the whims of the world. We will
always want more and be discontent. Contentment, I believe, is not
something that just happens. It begins when we believe the things of God
are better than those of the world. It is something that comes when we
seek to please God above all else. If we decide to allow God to rule our
lives, so that we may live lives of godliness rather than worldliness,
then with God's help contentment can come.
To some it may seem like rules and regulations, but of one is self
controlled, if one takes responsibility for who we are and what they
will and will not do, and if these decisions have been based on a devout
relationship with our Savior, Jesus, - then there is great freedom in
self control: Freedom to live a life filled with love and contentment, a
life more fulfilling than anything we can imagine, a life in which Jesus
resides and works, a life that has eternal perspective - not just when
we die, but today as well.
Today, try focusing on all that God has given you and say thanks
for it. Because Jesus set you free, you can choose to be content rather
to mope and complain. Take a deep breath and turn your life over to
Jesus. Invite him into your life as your living Lord and Savior. Ask him
for zeal to live a godly life from now on.
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