Developing self-control will really help you as you seek to follow and become more like Jesus Christ. And according to what Peter wrote, self-control is part of a larger progression of spiritual growth.
Peter was impulsive ‘ so he learned some difficult lessons about self-control himself. Here’s what he said: ‘Your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone’.
Where are you struggling with self-control? Are you struggling to control your temper with your family? Are you struggling to work diligently? Or maybe you work so diligently on the job you feel you’re entitled to spend your evenings playing video games or watching TV. Are you having a hard time living without that drink? How about your eating or spending habits? Maybe you’re among the many men who need help with their Internet viewing.
Self-control is a ‘fruit’ that grows in your life when you cling closely to God, allowing his Spirit to flow through you. As you persevere day by day, God will develop his own character in you, including self-control. And remember, you’re not alone. Seek help from your pastor, a wise friend, or a counselor’God has put these people in your life to help you in your efforts to be faithful.