Self-control is also listed among the gifts of the Spirit that are evidence of a life filled with the Holy Spirit.
Clearly, self-control, the ability to get a grip on your passions and emotions, is a sign of Christian maturity.
The are three options I have observed for dealing with life:
By this I refer to a totally self-indulgent life-style. This attitude of life not only lacks self-control but it has no desire for self-control.
A self-dedicated person gratifies every whim as often as possible. Whatever this person wants they get it.
Greed, lust and sensuality are al they live for.
Unfortunately, these behaviors not only fail to help you get a grip on life but instead get a grip on your life.
Of course, this is the only acceptable life-style for Christ-followers. Rejecting a life of self-indulgence and a life of self-medication takes a strength greater than you have.
How then do I achieve the self-controlled life?
That will be answered over the next several blog posts. But for now, which life-style most characterizes you?
What has a grip on you?