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I Cor 6: 12 “ All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. “

Self Control is one of the integral parts of the disciplined Christian living. This discipline should also need God’s leading and guidance. Since it is one of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, how do we control ourselves is the leading of the Holy Spirit and no man can teach about it. It is dispensed through our fellowship in the Holy Spirit and according to our ministry. Today, many mixes up with self will with the self-control. The self control with which we are able to discipline ourselves in Him is the manifestation and power of the Holy Spirit and not because of self will. Many with their own will, they discipline their body or their behavior among men. We can see many philosophers talk about self and what self can do to one person.  This worldly wisdom is opposite to heavenly wisdom.

Paul disciplined his body so that the gospel that is preached through him would not go wasted. How did he do it? through ‘self will’ or ‘self control’ by the Holy Spirit? He mentions in Gal 5:24 & 25 that he crucified his self and its desires along with Christ and now Christ is in Him and works in Him to do the ministry. If this is the case, Christ, who works within him enabled him to have that kind of self control according to his ministry in the Lord.  The self control that Paul was able to achieve did not seek to boast his own flesh but enabled him to do the will of God in His kingdom without yielding to the desire of the flesh. At the same time, he worshiped God by disciplining his body as a living sacrifice, which is acceptable to God (Rom 12:1). This kind of self-control God desires from us and it could be implemented by the leading of the Holy Spirit and not by the self-will.

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