by: FCC Staff
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
When we think of boundaries, we often think of them as ways of keeping ourselves secure. We have them in place to keep out things we know to be harmful or a negative influence. However, boundaries, like walls, work both ways-they serve not just to keep things out, but also to keep the things in that we want to stay in.
Jesus warned us, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) Our enemy will tell us in order to “live our best lives” we need to answer only to ourselves and seek our own happiness. Jesus assures us that our Enemy’s motivation in tempting us away from God isn’t noble. He only comes to kill and destroy.
Having healthy boundaries means you can store up for yourself the blessings of peace, love, and grace that Jesus has to offer us. Not exercising self-control means watching those blessings slip through our fingers. A city without walls in the ancient world would soon find itself desolate as raiders and other villains robbed it blind. The same is true for our lives today. If we do not exercise self-control, establishing good boundaries in our lives, we will lead desolate lives of desperation and loss.
So today, let’s practice some self-control-in how we act toward others and in how we allow others to act toward us. We are called to be servants to all, but not enablers of sin and iniquity. Turning a blind eye toward sin can only result in its consequences coming back to haunt us. Let’s be wise in our dealings and follow our Master’s teaching when he taught us to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)
Prayer for Today
Father, teach me to control my thoughts and actions today. Jesus, by your authority and example guide me in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. By your Holy Spirit empower me to stand firm in my convictions and not allow the Enemy to rob me of my peace and my joy. Amen.