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Self Control

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Galatians 5:22-23But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”   What is self-control? How do we build self-control? How do we walk in self-control? This is a very interesting topic because we all struggle with this. It is one of the major attributes we need to build in ourselves. Exercising self-control is a way of delivering ourselves from the bondage of weakness.  

     What is self-control? It is the act of denying oneself; controlling our impulses. It is the quality that allows us to stop ourselves from doing things that we want to do, but might not be in our best interest. For example, without self-control, you might eat too much and later be faced with self-perception issues.

  Self-control is a will power we need to overcome our daily bad habits or weaknesses.  However, we are faced with challenges daily, because of our weakness controlling us or our mindset. It is a dilemma when we don’t know how to get ourselves out of a loop hole, which later becomes a constant source of torment to our well-being.   Romans 12:2Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”   How do we build self-control? It is built by exercising these components. First, we need to self-evaluate ourselves by finding what our weaknesses or habits are? Take a sheet of paper, write them down, take it step by step. Then later, find out what are our triggers? What can we not tolerate? What gets us to the place where we can’t control ourselves?   Moreover, we need to understand that our mindset must be evaluated. Most of the habits we possess are either hereditary or life situations. Remember, we cannot not change the mentality of others but we can change the way we react towards it. You should understand your self-worth is more important than the reactions of others.   Furthermore, we should recognize that we live in a world where people are confronted with challenges and circumstances in one way or the other. But our goal is to make sure it does not change us. We need to always look at the positive side of things and not on the negative. We need to see the good in everyone. That’s how I overcame it. I had to learn every one of us is challenged with different life situations. So, I had to project myself into their shoes and understand that there is more to their frustration than mine. Indeed, it relieved me from such a great burden.   Don’t let the little things overwhelm you. Look at it this way, people go through a lot out here. Just be on your guard because the enemy also manipulates or uses people to do his evil deeds. Be alert and cautious. Let’s learn to build and develop our self-will. We are better than our weaknesses. We should not allow the enemy to take advantage of us. We should learn to be on guard and vigilant.   Titus 2:11-12For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”   As children of God we cannot overcome these things by ourselves. We need to come under the complete control of the Holy spirit to guide and direct us through this journey.

Carine Njonjo

Founder at Carine28
I am married with 4 beautiful children. Chosen to teach, educate, counsel and minister to his children through the word of God. My purpose for God’s kingdom is to share knowledge, to build, inspire and nourish people in every aspect of life. My goal is to make the word of God our foundation for living. I pray that as you read my inspirational writings, let it not be just like reading a novel to you, but allow it to minister and transform your lives like never before in Jesus name. Amen.

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