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Am I Diligent in Self-control?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

“Know ye not that they that run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so; run that ye may attain. And every man that striveth in the games exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.”
1 Corinthians 9:24,25 ASV

In writing to the christians in Corinth Paul alludes to the Corinthian Games, and encourages them to practice self-control in all things. Paul also tells the Galatian brethren that self-control is a manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit (5:23). Peter tells us that we are to diligently add self-control to our faith (2 Pet. 2:16).

Certainly, all disciples must diligently cultivate self-control, and it is to be exercised in ALL things. Ad-
mitedly this is a difficult task. Even the Apostle Paul had to buffet his body (1 Cor. 9:27).

The Greek term means holding self within-keeping all appetites and desires under complete control. It is “controlling reason, emotions, and will through the knowledge of the word and will of God” Lenski-2 Peter 1:6.

Guy N. Woods, commenting on the same verse states, “The word denotes self-government, discipline, the ability to control his own life. It is acquired through the exercise of discernment, the knowledge by which one differentiates between right and wrong, and thus develops from it.”

It is directly opposed to the self-willed individual. One who is dominated by self-interest, and is inconsiderate of others. Many today arrogantly practice “lifestyles” regardless of what others may think, and certainly not concerned about God’s will regarding such matters.

As followers of Christ, we must be careful to maintain self-control in even the “smallest” of matters, and maintain a lifestyle that brings glory to God and His word.