Men’s Relationships 103
Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 1:5-7
Key Verse: Titus 2:1-2
You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
Who controls you? The quick answer most would give is: nobody. Everyone wants to think of themselves as free, able to be their own person. The truth is: far too many people are out of control, being controlled by every person or passion that crosses their path. Somebody needs to take control and give that person some order and peace in their life.
The Bible tells us that we can surrender our lives to God and allow Jesus to be in control. The Apostle Peter wrote to “set apart Jesus as Lord in your heart.” In other words, allow God’s Spirit to be the controller. This is the biblical definition of self-control. All the inspired writers of the Bible understood that there can be no true self-control until there is “Spirit control” within our lives!
The only self-control we can have is to keep saying yes to the inner nudges of God’s Spirit. Indeed, that will not always be easy and takes discipline on our part. So, we do play a part as we cooperate with God’s Spirit in us. Philippians 2:13 reminds us that, in the final analysis, it is still God doing the work: “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purposes (emphasis mine).
Remember, out of control people are incapable of having consistently good interpersonal relationships. Surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ today!
Father, I want and give you permission to control my life. I affirm my trust in your judgments over mine. In Jesus’ Name I pray, amen.