The dictionary definition of self-control is ‘the ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations.’ Another explanation of self-control is ‘restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires.’
The Word of God talks about self-control and how important it is in the life of a believer.
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city. (Pro 16:32 NIV) The Bible says that a person with self-control is better that a person who conquers a city! Wow!
Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. (Pro 25:28 NIV) The Scriptures compare a person without self-control to an unprotected and broken-down city. This is a small insight into how critical our need is for self-control. We leave our souls unprotected and open to assault and harm without self-control.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Gal 5:22-23 NKJV) This is a list of the fruit of the Spirit available to all who have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. Self-control is one of the gifts provided to us by the Holy Spirit.
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness . . . (2 Pet 1:5-6 NKJV) This passage of the Bible teaches us how to diligently build upon our faith in Jesus Christ, which is the foundation for our lives. There’s an order and a method to the process which the Lord wants us to know. Each and every part of this process is important and very necessary to our spiritual lives.
One of the greatest points to remember about the gift of self-control is that its ultimate goal is to choose Christ over everything else! Hallelujah!