Dublin First United Methodist Church
Thursday, March 22, 2018
To reach, teach and serve others in the name and love of Jesus Christ


Tyler's Take


Someone once said that self-control is “choosing to do what is right when I feel like doing what is wrong.”  That certainly is a very basic  understanding of what it means to control one’s behaviors and this   understanding is quite correct in that self-control is a matter of choice.  We, as human beings, have literally thousands of opportunities every day to direct the course of our lives through the choices that we make.  This is the beauty of the free will that God has given to us and that has been a part of humanity since the time of Adam and Eve in the Garden.


Just like with Adam and Eve, we have the ability to choose what we will do, how we will act, when we will respond and in those choices we are able to navigate the course of our lives.  With this gift of choice, comes the consequences of the choices we make.  These consequences can be either positive or negative and this is completely dependent upon the choice that we have made.


This is where self-control comes into our lives.  With the ability to choose, we must exercise self-control in the choices that we make in order to assure that the consequences of those choices will be positive.  Adam and Eve did not exercise self-control in the Garden when they ate from the forbidden tree and were punished by God with the      consequence of this bad choice, which was banishment from that place of perfection and harmony with God. 


Humans as still dealing with the consequences of that inability to exercise self-control as we still live in a broken world that came as a result of that Original Sin long ago.  With this in mind, do you exercise self-control in your life?  Do you truly make decisions prayerfully,    consciously and with the best of intentions?  Or are you like Adam and Eve, unable to control yourself and therefore bound by the consequences of poor choices?  I say this because we are indeed free to choose, but we are not free from the consequences of our choices.