A Season for Self-control

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven”(Ecclesiastes 3:1).

There is a time for everything that we do in our quest to live a godly life. The things which are subsequently listed in this passage vary in degree of importance, but note that there we are told that there is a time even for the small things we do every day: “A time to tear,and a time to sew;” (verse 7). Even in the little things, there is God watching over us and noting a time for us to do these things.

I think the passage is dealing mostly with God’s providence in our lives and we can note that, even in the little, mundane things we do every day, He is with us and so what can go wrong unless he wills it to be so. Sometimes, however,  we can get quite frustrated and for reasons we may not even understand lose our composure (our cool) and go off on someone we don’t mean any harm in our hearts to, if we could just control our temper, both them and us would be better off.

If we stop and realize that God is with us, we can perhaps learn to control our temper in those moments when it threatens to overcome our reason and prompt us to say things we don’t really mean. James says in Chapter 3 verse 8: “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” It often seems so when we say things we don’t mean to say.

But James goes on to say in verse 10: “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.”  This suggests that if we pray about it and work to gain more self-control, we can learn to keep our tongue from speaking things we should not speak and often do not really mean to say.

If we put our heart, mind and prayer into it we should be able to learn not to say things we ought not say. If we remember at all times that God is with us, even in the small things we do every day, we can learn to control this most unruly member of our body: our tongue. I need to work on this myself.

May God bless and keep you until next time.   

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