What self-control means

In his devotional today, Ed chose as his text 1 Pet 1.13. He focuses on self-control, hope, and holiness.

Exercise self-control. The word “self-control” can also mean “careful,” Luke 21:34, “alert,” I Thessalonians 5:6, or “clear minded,” I Peter 4:7. It refers to steady, sound judgment. A believer must not be carried away by appeals to emotion, infatuated by the latest religious fads. Saints must maintain a settled expression of their faith, II Thessalonians 2:1,2.

Self-control means mind over body, thought over emotion, spirit over flesh.

Focus question: What emotional appeals in religion or other areas most appeal to me? Why is that? How can I maintain a settled expression of my faith?

  • Self-control. The apostle Paul, in the books of 1 Timothy and Titus encourages just about everybody to “be sober.” We usually think of sobriety in connection with the cessation or avoidance of alcohol or mood-altering drugs. Usually, it really has to do with the responsibility one has to oneself to maintain self-control. When I think of some of the incidents in scripture when good people lost self-control, I’m reminded of King David. The sight of Bathsheba bathing on a roof-top was all it took for the king to lose his self-control and abandon all reason. Passion is a good thing used for proper purposes, but too much passion can be dangerous. When Peter took his sword and cut off Malchus’ ear, he had lost his self-control. Self-control is the difference between a disciplined, controlled life, and one that has periods of near insanity. That’s never a condition fit for a child of God.

What say you?