As we head towards the end of the year, we trust God for some quality rest and relaxation. I know that over the festive period it is easy for some to overindulge and do things we shouldn’t. Now more than usual, we need to exercise self-control.

Proverbs 16:32

Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

Patience and self-control are strengths, not weaknesses. Your ability to resist temptation, to handle difficult challenges, to build meaningful relationships are all linked to your ability to exercise restraint and control.

Proverbs 29:11

Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.

We need to be in control of what we think, say, and do. It is a learned discipline that gets easier the more you do it. How often do we say things in anger or out of frustration and then regret it? You need to know when to speak your mind and when to just listen.

Proverbs 25;38

A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.

You start to relinquish protection you when you have no self-control. Remember that a wall not only keeps things out, but it also keeps some things in. The more self-control you exercise, the more you will protect yourself against pressures from outside.

Romans 12:1-2

And so dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice-the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

This may sound contradictory, but the way we get self-control is to give up control and allow God to guide and lead us through his holy spirit. Your body is a temple of God’s spirit. Respect your own body (and the bodies of others). Don’t put things into your body that are harmful to you. Control your appetites. Allow God to shape the way you think about life and the world around you. Be in control by giving God control.