Day 9 - Let Self-Control Be a Way
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. It trains us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, as we wait for the happy fulfillment of our hope in the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Titus 2: 11-13
Meditate or Reflect
In a culture where excess is the norm, and advertisers encourage us to “just do it,” living with self-control can be quite the challenge. But we are called and set apart. Self-control is the controlling power of the will under the operation of the Spirit; it is a practice of strength (Vine’s Dictionary). The more we are able to tame the desires of the flesh, the closer we grow in relationship with God. In the verse for today we learn that it Is the grace of God that trains us to reject “godless ways and worldly desires” and also trains us to “live self-controlled” lives as we wait for the return of our Savior, Jesus. Reflect on the grace of God that has brought you to salvation. Take a breath, and think of areas where you need the grace of God to train you to greater self-discipline – with words, thoughts, behaviors. Consider how a spiritual practice of self-discipline could enrich your relationship with God.
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Amy Fleming, MA, LPC