Self-control…. That’s one characteristic that I don’t take it for granted. Dare I? Even the success of a recent, self-imposed, diet was based ‘entirely’ on self-control. In fact, I can’t think of anything that we, as humans do, that is not subject to self-control.
There is a stopping point to everything that we do. Or, should I say… there should be a stopping point. It’s our failure to determine the appropriate stopping point which is, ultimately, our un-doing. These are choices…good, bad, or indifferent.
I remember in a college History class, where the Professor instructed the class to answer any 10 of the 15 questions presented, and not a single question more. Half the class answered all 15 questions thinking that we would get extra points, or to prove that we knew all the answers. He docked us 10% for every question in EXCESS of the first 10… giving me a 50%, or failing grade. Pay attention…he says. Follow instructions…do as I say. Ok…I learned on that one…never to answer more than asked for.
Too often, when someone, or circumstance… says NO…we ignore them; even when it’s bad for our health, welfare, or our general well-being… we don’t know when to stop. This applies to everything…business, personal, social, and spiritual. The problem… in our society, is that we don’t place boundaries in anything we do, say, watch, or listen to.
I remember… not too many years ago, the television industry was testing the market on “gay-life-styles.” You would see two guys, or girls, giving a certain look… which the viewer knew what they meant by it. Then a year later… a certain gentle embrace, or peck on the check. Now…Katie…bar the door. You can watch the afternoon soap-opera, or movies, and see “very passionate kissing” between same-sex-people. We see, and are exposed to… more that we need to see. It’s just not necessary to the storyline. There’s simply NO-LIMITS; NO-SELF-CONTROL. NO-BOUNDARIES.
For me… I pride myself in self-control. It is an exercise in mental, emotional, and spiritual strength. God did not ‘create us’ so that we were to do evil things; rather, He made us in His likeness…to be like Him… to be a ‘doer of good things.’
We are told in…Ephesians 5: 5-10 – You know this. There are people who use sex wrongly, and who are always wanting what others have. No such a person has any place in the kingdom of Christ and of God. He is worshipping an idol. Do not let anyone fool you by their empty talk. It is because people do these wrong things that God is very angry. He is angry with the people who do not obey him. So then, have nothing to do with them. You were in the dark before, but now the Lord has given you light. Live like people who have the light. People who have the light do all that is good and right and true. Learn what pleases the Lord.
The bottom line is this: Do we want to follow God, or satan? Do we want to ‘do good’, or do evil? Do we want to be buried in sin… or GRACE? Do we want everlasting life… in Hell, or Heaven? Choices…choices…and more…choices.