Self-control is very important... yet very much absent in today's world - even among those who claim to be "Christian" (Luke 6:46; James 1:22). Review what you have learned. Do any of the verses in this study speak directly to you? (Include verses which are not included in other questions.) Think about these verses, and ways to apply them to your life. How can these verses have an effect on your lifestyle?
In the "Other Concepts" sections of these studies, look at some of the concepts which are related to, or associated with, self-control. Are there any concepts that catch your attention, which you would like to explore further? Do so! Look at some of the things that are incompatible with self-control. Are any of these characteristic of your life? If so, then perhaps doing something about it is the next "project" that you (and God) need to work on.
If you have discovered that there is nothing in your heart that encourages you to have self-control, you need to examine yourself. If you are truly a disciple of Jesus, there will be something within you (originating from the Spirit within you) that causes you to want to be self-controlled... and gives you the power to increasingly be so. If this is not the case, however, you need to search the Scriptures and make sure you really understand what it means to be a Christian (disciple of Jesus). If you have gotten this far in the study on self-control, and know that something is seriously wrong in you, consider this: Perhaps God is using this to stir your conscience. Perhaps he wants to bring you to a genuine relationship with him! Keep your focus on his Word... and let him work on your heart.
Dennis Hinks © 1996