Today’s word for June 12, 2011

Fools show their annoyance at once,
But the prudent overlook an insult.
Proverbs 12:16

In these postmodern days of the Internet the word self-control has no meaning. Self-control is the virtue, ability or power that lets you control your impulses and emotions, regardless of how intense they are. But since virtues are not currently very fashionable, few people cultivate self-control.

Self-control is a quality that is part of the fruit that Spirit produces in the life of the child of God. The apostle Paul told Timothy: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Paul wrote to Titus: “Tito said that the grace of God teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” The apostle Peter includes self-control, among other virtues, in the list of qualities that if we possess them in increasing measure they will keep us from being ineffective and unproductive in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

With so many recommendations and examples of such distinguished representatives of God I think we should pay some attention to this important aspect of the Christian life. Let us learn, therefore, to exercise the self-control that is so necessary to grow into spiritual maturity and to be useful and productive in the work that Jesus entrusted to us. To God alone be the glory!


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