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The Rewards of Self-Control

The rewards of self-control are a better life now, and the hope of an eternal life to come. While those that give into the desires of the flesh through a lack of self-control, it must be realized that this temporary pleasure is just temporary, and the loss of eternal life is the outcome. Science has shown that those who possess self-control, who has a mild spirit, live longer healthier lives. What about self-control as it related to sexual desires? Those who are promiscuous will suffer for their temporary pleasures. This may come in the way of sexually transmitted disease, or an unwanted pregnancy, a father that abandons the prospective mother and the baby. Then, many pregnancies these days are among teenagers, meaning they are destroying two young lives, because they are but a child, having a child, and are ill-equipped to give the child what it needs. However, this is not advocating an abortion, because this would be yet another mark of selfishness, not to mention the murder of an unborn human life.

John 3.16_05Self-control also leads to self-respect. We will live an inner peaceful life, going to bed at night, knowing that we have not shown a lack of self-control somewhere in our day. We will have a clear conscience, knowing that we have done what we ought to have done, and have not done what we should not have done. Self-control will also present us from rushing in to follow others that may not be living up to the righteous moral standards of the Scriptures. In addition, how would we ever have joy or peace, if we could not get control over our thinking, and our body?—Gal. 5:22, 23.

We are accountable for any disciple of Christ or any prospective disciple of Christ. If our lack of self-control were to influence another, cause him or her to stumble spiritually, this would be added to our account. (Phil. 1:9, 10) Our love of God and neighbor will move us to acquire the quality of self-control. Our love for our family will be vastly improved if we have control over our thinking, speech, and body. Self-control or lack thereof can have a positive or negative effect on us, our relationship with God, our family, friends, the Christian congregation, school if we are a student, and employment.

Proverbs 27:11 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad,
that I may reply to him who reproaches me.

Max Anders writes, “Proverbs mentions repeatedly that a wise son brings joy to a father’s heart (10:1; 15:20; 23:15,24; 29:3). Godly children are your best credentials, and they will give you an answer for the critic who holds you in contempt.”[1]

[1] Anders, Max. Holman Old Testament Commentary – Proverbs: 13 (p. 339). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.