But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV
Many people tend to groan and moan when they hear the word “self-control”, but in all truth having self-control is to be looked at as a huge blessing. The only way to actually develop it is to use it often. It may be quite challenging in certain areas of our lives in the beginning, but it actually sets us free from being controlled by people and things that we really don’t want to control us. Having self-control will always help us to be the person we really want to be.
If you are going to preach to others about self-control then you better do it yourself. The old saying, practice what you preach! If I cannot stop myself in the heat of the moment during a confrontation with a person that is provoking an argument or being mean-spirited, then they have won already in controlling me like a puppet. You see, they provoke to get you going and temperament comes out just as any person would react. Stop, breathe, remember what is expected of us in the eyes of God and walk away from the situation and person. Do not attempt to change that persons bad habits, or behavior towards you. You cannot change them.
Remember, control yourself instead of trying to control other people.
Written by Tamera Boynton
Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity. That is why I have instructed you to give thanks for everything. There is an element of mystery in this transaction. You give Me thanks regardless of your feelings, and I give you Joy regardless of your circumstances. This is a spiritual act of obedience at times, a blind obedience. To people who don’t know Me intimately, it can seem irrational and even impossible to thank Me for heartrending hardships. Nonetheless, those who obey Me in this way are invariably blessed, even though difficulties may remain. Thankfulness opens your heart to My Presence and your mind to My thoughts. You may still be in the same place, with the same set of circumstances, but it is as if a light has been switched on, enabling you to see from My perspective. It is this Light of My Presence that removes the sting from adversity.
Ephesians 5:20 Psalm 118:1 Psalm 89:15
Shared by Sarah Young Jesus Calling