“To knowledge self-control…” 2 PETER 1:6
The Christian life can be compared to a multi-layered building, with faith being the infrastructure. On top of that is a layer of virtue and on top of this is knowledge. The next layer as can be seen from our text is self-control. This is about self-conquest; whoever fails at this level has lost grip of every other thing. It is saying the obvious that self-control is the first rung of the ladder to effective leadership. There are several departments of life where self-control has to be the rule rather than the exception. Take the appetite for example; we must learn how to apply the knife to the throat. Jesus taught the importance of this in order to remain sensitive spiritually. “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly” (Luke 21:34). It is clear that our spiritual sensitivity goes in opposite direction of our appetite; the more we feed our carnal appetites, the less attuned we are to what the Spirit is saying.
Self-control is equally important with regard to our emotions, particularly when dealing with temper. Moses the servant of God blew the emotional fuse at a defining moment. In anger he struck the rock when God would have him speak to it. That cost him the opportunity of leading the people to the Promised Land. If we fail to rein in on our temper we become vulnerable to many hurtful attacks just like a city without walls.
FURTHER STUDY: JAMES 1:12-20
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, help me to bring myself under Your control.