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Thursday; May 17

Have we given much thought to the phrase self-control?This concept is interspersed throughout the New Testament including Paul’s analogy to athletics when he wrote, “Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.” (I Corinthians 9:25).Self-control is a pretty common phrase and one that is typically used without analysis, but what is it?It is tempting to view self-control being demonstrated by someone who is uninfluenced by circumstances, but I am not sure that describes it fully.Those who unimpacted by something don’t need to exercise “control”, they are immune to it’s influence.Thus, self-control involves two phases:(1)understanding the impact that something has on us and (2) the ability and the commitment to control how (and how much) we allow it to influence us.Self-control is admitting that something is tempting us to take an inappropriate emotional, spiritual or physical step, then f…