For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. — Titus 2:11-14
When we accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour, the old has gone, the new has come. We are now a new creation, and self-control is one of its fruits. But there are tough times when our patience and moral standards are tested. Those are the times when our old selves challenge our new selves. Are we to give in to our emotions? Is it really freedom to express our emotions or are we its prisoners?
I’ve had my share of tests in the past and those were really heart breaking after pouring out my emotions. It’s like you just realized it’s a wrong move because you just lost the opportunity to be a blessing to those people. I understand the difficulties when you’re into those kinds of situations and there are times you fail. But those are real-life training grounds for us to be better and better in self-control.
Self-control is not also limited to our emotions but it also includes our physical temptations as well. It could be a strong attraction to the opposite gender or a strong appetite to a type of drug that eventually destroys the brain and body. Without self-control, we lead ourselves to a path of ruins where there are self-inflicted problems. This is where we create problems that could have been avoided with self-control.
Self-control is not a bondage. It is freedom. You can do what you want to do and be not under any sinful nature we know. With self-control, “you don’t have to do what you feel like doing. You’re free to do what you know is wise.” — Joyce Meyer
Reference: The Power Of Being Thankful