You think you have no self-control Well, just let your neighbor ring the doorbell while you are in the middle of throwing a wall-eyed fit. What do you do? You plaster a great big smile on your face and in a sugary sweet voice you greet that neighbor as any Southern Belle would do. You invite them in and you carry on a conversation with them as if absolutely nothing had upset your apple cart 5 minutes prior.
Now, that’s self-control if I ever saw it!!!
Self control is a fruit of the spirit which is gifted to you the day you ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life. But, that gift is given as a seed. It must be cultivated, nurtured and matured. It is not a full-grown plant the day you receive it.
…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
What is it in your life that causes you to lose control of yourself? What pushes your buttons? Could it be…
- The kids fighting
- Your husband leaving his underwear on the floor
- Dirty dishes in the sink
- Toilet paper hung backward on the roll
- The tooth pasted squeezed in the middle rather than rolled from the bottom
- A huge piece of Chocolate Cake left out on the counter
- A person which rubs you the wrong way
Whatever it is that sets you off, doesn’t have to. You have the seed of Self Control given to you by your heavenly Father. All you must do is exercise it in order for it to be strengthened. In time you will become stronger and much more proficient at using it. Much like one is strengthened by physical exercise.