Everyone likes a good game of basketball, football or baseball. When the home team loses, the fans complain, the critics poke, and the coaches get back to fundamentals. One of the fundamentals in training involves self control. The Bible says, “Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things” (2 Corinthians 9:25). This Bible verse has in mind the old Greek Olympic games. Like the modern Olympic games, competition in them requires a lot of self-control. Training for the games really requires self-control. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?
Self-control involves having control over your emotions and bodily appetites. For example, a wrestler or a boxer needs to maintain his weight. No small amount of self-control is needed regarding his diet. The same thing is true with regard to the game of life. You must maintain control over your bodily appetites and emotions. This is an indication that you are really running in the game of life the way God desires.
Take the whole area of sex for example. When teens or adults in a dating situation allow their emotions and bodily appetites to get out of control, this is an indication that they are not running the race of life as God desires. Self-control is needed. Real self-control comes from the Holy Spirit. It is a fruit of the Spirit. And so, to exercise self-control, is to be empowered by the Holy Spirit so you can follow the directions for living given by God. Self-control then becomes God control.
To help you understand how to develop Godly self-control, click here and listen to “God Control is Self-Control.”