“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.” Proverbs 25:28
Let’s face it, we’re fighting a losing battle. We have local police, county Sheriffs, state police, US marshals, the FBI, the ATF, the secret service, border patrol, military police, and the CIA. Not to mention the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines and the Coast Guard. Yet, notwithstanding all the effort and investment made to keep just one country safe, we’re still not safe. And understandably, we find living in a world of dangerous uncertainty unacceptable which causes some to add to the craziness by reacting with violent protests. And all of this taken together: the crime, violence, terrorism and our counter productive responses to them; all serve to illustrate that, in the war against evil in this world, we’re our own worst enemy. What we need, more than anything else, is self control.
I mean, really, there are very few people in the world that don’t know the difference between right and wrong. We may at times feel justified in our destructive course of action but that doesn’t mean we don’t know that it’s wrong. Why else would we follow up our misdeeds with excuses, explanations, denials, and coverups?
So why do we do what we know we shouldn’t do? It’s not because we don’t care. We’re frequently overburden by the weight of guilt that attends our bad choices. We grieve for the pain we’ve caused others and the losses that we’ve imposed upon them and ourselves. At the same time, the conflict between our desires and needs, and our values about right and wrong; wage a war so intense that it very nearly drives us crazy. We know what we ought to want but oh how intensely we want what we want.
If only someone would step in and take control, since we can’t seem to take control of ourselves. Friends, there’s good news. Someone is offering to take control. The self control, that’s so greatly needed, is part of the fruit of the Spirit and It only comes when we’re born of the Spirit of Christ. The promise of Galatians 5:22-23 is that if we receive the Holy Spirit we’ll be given the victory of self control. Rejoicing in this knowledge the apostle Paul, in Romans 7:25 says, “I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord.”