September 17, 2011


Titus 2:11-14

Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.
Proverbs 25:28


When we struggle with bad habits and sinful weaknesses, we need to know that self-control is possible. But self-control that really works is not driven by our willpower. It’s guided by “our great God and Savior,” who gives us a new self in place of our old sinful self (see Ephesians 2:4-5; 4:17-5:20). That’s why self-control is described as part of the “fruit of the Spirit” in Galatians 5:22-23. In Christ, we are given a new, Spirit-guided self that can truly help us overcome our sinful weaknesses.

God wants us to have new life, guided by his Spirit, so that sin will not hurt us or our relationships with him and others. The Spirit leads us to grow in prayer (conversation with God) and Bible reading (learning from his Word) and worship (praising and thanking God and hearing his Word). And all of this happens best in community with other Christians (the church of Christ, our Savior, who gave himself to purify us).

The community that God gives us is also a great help for our self-control. Without it, we’re like a vulnerable city that can be attacked and destroyed. Our walls aren’t always strong enough if we are the only ones building them. With a Spirit-led community that holds us accountable, we can fight better than we could alone.

Tomorrow is community day. Can you join with Spirit-led believers to worship the God who gives us new life and self-control?

Thank you, Lord, for new life that helps us grow closer to you, and together, in wisdom. Amen.

About the author — Henry Kranenburg

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