The Value of Self-Control

As believers in Jesus Christ, God has given us a new nature, but at the same time, we also have to deal with the old nature. When we allow the old nature to rule, we follow feelings, when in reality, we should operate in self-control. Self-control is a fruit of our new nature and, thankfully, it is something that can be developed. Much like we build muscles by using them, we can develop self-control by using it.

Freedom in Christ is a gift to be thankful for, and exercising self-control is a form of freedom, not a type of bondage. You don’t have to do what you feel like doing. You’re free to do what you know is wise. Discipline and self-control will help you be what you say you want to be but never could be without the help of God’s guidance and grace.

Prayer of Thanks: Father, I am so thankful that I don’t have to be ruled by emotions or impulses. Thank You that with Your help, I can live a self-controlled, overcoming life in Christ.

Provided by Joyce Meyer Ministries

Written by Allison Levy


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