When we have a character of self-control we strive to hold back negative or hostile reactions and strive to be sensible in matters of life. How much can you take before you lose your cool? “When someone offends you, it is a great virtue to ignore it.” (Proverbs 19:11) But how many of us can honestly say we are there yet with this Biblical Truth? Vision me NOT raising my hand. Nevertheless, Ephesians 5:15-16 (NIV) warns us to “Be very careful, then, how we live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” You know what? We must be discipline in using time wisely. We need discipline in our finances, on the job and in family and friendship matters. In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.” says Proverbs 21:20 (NIV). Listen, if we do not judge ourselves righteously according to the Word of God and then have a talk with the Lord about the things we struggle with, we will never get our issues under control. Instead, issues will continue to control us! The drama escalates! You see, God knows our heart, he knows our weaknesses so we may as well step up to the plate and be truthful and cry out to God for help. We certainly cannot be good very long on our own. Let’s not be foolish but wise. It is wise to allow God to take that old sinful nature of ours captive and tame it. Furthermore, continuous use of that “I’m only human” excuse will cast us right back into slavery to sin. Do you believe that God will go for that “I am only human” line when we appear before The Great White Throne…. especially after he’s equipped Christians with everything we need to gain self-control? Let us commit to studying Ephesians 2:1-5 and 1 John 4:13.