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Right And Wrong - The Harmony

"And to knowledge self-control" (2 Peter 1: 6).
"I know the Lord will find a way for me.
I know the Lord will find a way for me.
If I walk in heaven's light, shun the wrong and do the right,
I know the Lord will find a way for me.


In a weird kind of way, I always liked test day as a teacher. It was the time when I found out if anything I threw out there "stuck." In many ways, life is like test day....every day....Everyday there is a new set of issues to deal with. Each day brings it's own unique challenges that need to be met. In our spiritual lives we begin with faith. To it moral excellence or virtue must be added and then knowledge. As we gain the knowledge necessary to please God, it has to be put to good use. So....What good is knowledge if we cannot make the proper use of it? Today I would like to take a look at self-control. In a spiritual sense it regards being able to master our passions and desires. It is, when necessary, staying in one's self. When self-control becomes one of our virtues, temptations just don't have as much influence in our lives as they could.

I think it makes perfect sense for self-control to be placed where it is in Peter's list. The powerful suggestion here is that what is learned, (knowledge) must be put into practice. It is the "walking the walk" thing again. Self-control is being able to walk that delicate tightrope between right and wrong. "If anyone will come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me" (Luke 9:23). These are Jesus' very words to us. Denial (self-control) of the wrongs around us is an essential element in our relationship with Jesus. To Titus, the apostle Paul writes about the grace that brings salvation to all men; "It teaches us to say 'NO' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age" (2: 12). In the simplest of terms, without exercising self-control we cannot please God. Without self-control our claimed discipleship is empty and hypocritical.

In this game of life we are to run the race to win...."Run the race in such a way that you may win....Everyone who strives in the games exercises self-control in all things (1 Cor. 9: 24 & 25). Easier said than done??? More tomorrow....

Have a wonderful day...Let you light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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