I don’t like to get in trouble. I do get in trouble even though I don’t like it. Usually, it is something I’ve said more than something I’ve done. God’s goal for me is to keep my soul from troubles.
The man who cannot control himself becomes absurd when he wants to rule over others.
Good news: There is some great news. Jesus gives me the pathway to have the fruit of the spirit of self-control. It is growing in me. That is something to shout about.
What is the impact of my speech? It has the power of life and death. That sounds extreme but it is true. Words can kill. Words can give life. Will I choose words the bear fruit of life? Will I speak life into others? Will the love of Jesus become dominant in my words?
He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles.
Can I control my words? My speech has an enormous influence for good or ill and is a sure guide to my character. The power of what I say is indisputable. Consider the billions spent on therapy because of what others said about us when we were young. What I say to others matters. That is tough but true.
Self-control is enabled by the Holy Spirit and I must allow His influence to take fruit. I must excerpt my will to come under the influence of Jesus, my Master.
- 1 Corinthians 7:5 (NASB) — 5 Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
- 1 Corinthians 7:9 (NASB) — 9 But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
- Colossians 2:23 (NASB) — 23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.