THE WISDOM OF SELF-CONTROL | Proverbs 5:28
August 22, 2021
20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4 (NIV)
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. – Proverbs 25:28 (ESV)
THE SPIRITUAL GIFT OF SELF-CONTROL FUNCTIONS AS A WALL GUARDING AGAINST INTRUDERS THAT WOULD DESTROY YOUR SOUL AND FUTURE.
13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another… 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; – Galatians 5:13; 22-23
“Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.” – John Calvin
- Be vigilant to guard what my heart.
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. – Proverbs 4:23
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. – Luke 6:45
YOU SHALL NOT PASS!
Differentiate Hurt and Harm.
“There is a big difference between hurt and harm. We all hurt sometimes in facing hard truths, but it makes us grow. It can be the source of huge growth. That is not harmful. Harm is when you damage someone. Facing reality is usually not a damaging experience, even though it can hurt.” – Henry Cloud
- Be vigilant to guard what from my heart.
18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. 20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.” – Matthew 15:18-20