Temptation can suddenly occur, especially when our desires entice us (James 1:14). Examples of everyday temptations include the tendency to overuse social media and to overeat. Although these activities may give immediate gratification, the continuation of these actions may damage our well-being. Giving in to temptation and saying yes to sin (James 4:17) may only take a second, but the negative consequences can be long-lasting.
Self-Control is Powerful
Self-control is a way to deal with the conflict caused by temptation. It helps us overcome the flesh and obey the Lord. Self-control is the ability to regulate oneself, especially one’s emotions and desires, to accomplish a long-term goal. When we lack discipline in any area of our life, we leave ourselves unprotected and susceptible to sin (Proverbs 25:28). The ability to contain our behaviors and restrain impulses like the urge to gossip or overindulge keeps us safe from destruction. Exercising self-control is vital for our overall welfare, including our happiness, health, and prosperity.
Equipped with Self-Control
As believers in the Lord, we have the Holy Spirit within us and are therefore empowered with self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). The Lord will never allow us to experience temptation to an extent that is more than our ability to cope (1 Corinthians 10:13). We can improve self-control with practice, i.e., by frequently denying the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21) and saying no when temptations arise.
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