The Bible and Self-Control

Bible Summary. We can come up with all types of excuses why we do bad things, but it all comes down to what is inside of us. We may see our circumstances or even our own natural abilities as our biggest problems, but it is really our heart where problems start and end. We must live by faith, love , and be holy. By doing this we will have self-control. See below for Biblical advice on self-control.

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The Bible Says That Self-Control Starts With the Heart.

We can come up with all types of excuses why we do bad things, but it all comes down to what is inside of us. If our heart is not right, evil thoughts will proceed out of it. If we do not have self-control, our evil thoughts and ideas will manifest into evil acts. Matthew 15:18 advises us that what comes out of our heart can defile us.

Matthew 15:18, “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.”

The Bible Says Keep Your Heart Under Self-Control.

We may see our circumstances or even our own natural abilities as our biggest problems, but it is really our heart where problems start and end. If we strive daily to keep our heart in check, bad thoughts and actions will cease from materializing in our lives. Proverbs 4:23 advises us that self-control is key for the issues of life.

Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”

The Bible Says Self-Control is Based on Faithfulness to God.

We must live by faith, love (charity) always, and be holy. By doing this we will have self-control (sobriety). This is the way that God desires for us to live, and He gives us the means to have self-control. 1st Timothy 2:15 advises on the importance of staying in faith, love, holiness, and sobriety.

1st Timothy 2:15, “Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.”