1 Timothy 3:1-2 NIV 2011
Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
Paul’s letter to Timothy came with instructions for him as God’s caretaker of the church in Ephesus. The word overseer was used interchangeably with the word elder in Acts, Titus and1 Peter. These men chosen by God were to teach/preach, shepherd, and give direction for the church all the while staying true to His Word. Being faithful in marriage mirrored God’s faithfulness to the church. The life they lived was to reflect Jesus as they led by example in all areas of their life. Self-control is a trait of those who follow Jesus Christ.
How many of us have a difficult time with self-control during a conversation that takes a wrong turn toward talking about someone that’s not present? Or how about having self-control when someone you love criticizes you for something you thought was nothing? In both cases, I’ve found walking away is the easiest way to side step joining or lashing out. Jesus is my perfect model of self-control. By stepping away from either situation above, it’s easier to remain in control of my mouth. By following Jesus Christ daily, I’m called to use self-control.
Where do we need more self-control?