My little ones, like many children, have a tendency to act out hastily on whatever they think or feel. Sibling squabbles, temper tantrums, and unkind words are driven by thoughts and emotions that are not submitted to the authority of Christ.
I certainly don't claim to have it all together in this area. I have been known to lash out at repeatedly asked questions and get frustrated when things don't go my way. But thankfully because of the power and love of Christ in me, I can operate in self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).
Self-control, along with love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness is already on the inside of us. With God's help, we can choose to use it (Galatians 5:22-23). Being slow to anger is considered better and more honorable than being a the mighty soldier (Proverbs 16:32). When we don't have self-control, we are as vulnerable as a city without walls in a time of war (Proverbs 25:28).
Self-control is no small or easy thing, but it is possible. I want my kids to live in the sweet spot of God's success and having control over themselves, their words, actions, is integral to being led by the Spirit of God...not to mention, having peace in our home.
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