Self control …a guide to peace
I’ve heard about it all my life …self control.
“And in your knowledge, self-control”…a guide to peace within
It was usually spoken by my mother when I was being mischievous.
But the phrase never set well with me …I thought that it was an excuse to control me.
Years later I realized that self-control could bring about some positive things.
How can knowledge bring self-control?
Lets look at the definition of self control:
“Self-control is the quality that allows you to stop yourself from doing things you want to do but that might not be in your best interest.”
This definition has some merit here…it shows that knowledge can stop one from doing something that you
want to do but isn’t in your best interest.
I think that this kind of knowledge doesn’t just come from any book.
This knowledge must be gained through emotional and spiritual warfare…the kind that doesn’t come easily.
It is a trial and error thing for many people, and very few take this knowledge at face value.
So where do we get this knowledge?
“And in your knowledge, self-control”
Lets look at The Melancholy temperament and their need for knowledge.
In Dr W H Penewit’s article “A Melancholy Seeks Knowledge” he shows that a Melancholy needs to seek knowledge.
Its a lifelong quest that they are on …but can they ever really find what they are looking for?
It may not just be any one temperament, but it can be anyone …even you.
Did you know that there are 2 basic kinds of knowledge?
The first kind is called “dark knowledge”
This knowledge has some merit but is devoid of any moral value so it is a means within itself.
The second kind is called “Light”
this knowledge comes directly from God…and it comes through Jesus himself.
John 1 says “3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.”
then in verse 9 “There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.”
So knowledge from The Word of God is complete, and it can lead a person to self-control.
Look for Dr Penewit’s next article