Some Reasons To Practice Self-Control, Mike Glenn
Self-control, do you have it? Our study text today is 1 Cor. 6:9-20. It is a text full of wisdom and reasons for self-control. For your Bible study, let me point out a few of the thoughts and you can consider them as you study.
- The unrighteous shall not get to heaven (v. 9). After declaring this, Paul proceeds to give a list of sins that are all the result of self-indulgence rather than self-control: fornication, idolatry, adultery, homosexuality, thievery, covetousness, drunkenness, extortion and reviling. Think of the lack of self-control that finally leads to these overt sins.
- One who did not have self-control can gain it (v. 11). Those who had been guilty of the above mentioned sins changed. Paul says, “And such were some of you…” But, no longer. Now they are washed and clean and set apart for God’s service. If you are struggling to gain control in one or more areas of your life, you can be confident of success with the Lord to helpl. Keep on struggling.
- Even the lawful desires we have been given by God and the lawful activities in which we may participate must be used with temperance (v. 12). And under no circumstances should we allow anything in this life (food, recreation, family, work, money) to control us.
- Our bodies belong to Christ. The physical things of this life will eventually be destroyed, so we must not give in to their control (v. 13; Rom. 6:11-23). Our body is for the Lord. It is to be used in activities that glorify Him. It is to be controlled only by Him.
- We are bought with a price. The song says, “I am mine no more, I am mine no more. I’ve been bought with blood, I am mine no more.”
I pray that this is food for thought. Self control is my goal.