Proverbs 16:32, Galatians 5:23, Titus 1:8 NIV 2011
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.
gentleness and self-control.
Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.
Proverbs 10-22:16 are credited to Solomon. He reminded the warrior it’s better to have wisdom than weapons of war. Patience is a virtue that led to self-control. Those qualities helped to accomplish goals in godly ways. Paul’s ninth Fruit of the Spirit was self-control. This was the victory the church had over sinful desires. Paul wrote to Titus about selecting the elders of the church. Titus was God’s perfect choice to pastor the church on Crete. He led them toward upright lives of self-control, holiness and discipline. God calls His leaders to live their lives with self-control.
Learning to bite my tongue has been a lifetime process. Being wise in the use of my words reminds me my words may have different meanings to others and that some I was trying to encourage may have misunderstood. It has led me to pray before I speak. I’ve also discovered I can pray before I make a decision to eat more than I need. I appreciate Paul ending with self-control as the last fruit of the Spirit. This is the perfect reminder God calls us daily to live our lives with self-control.
Where do we need more self-control in our lives?
Living our lives for Him,