Self-control isn’t just one good character trait, a nice addition to the pantheon of virtues. It’s foundational. Not because it’s more important than other virtues, but because the others rely upon it.

Drew dyck
1 Corinthians 9:24

The Prize: Living a life that loves God and loves other in such a way that leads others to love God.

1 Corinthians 9:25

Self-control is the ability to do the right/wise thing, even when you don’t feel like it or want to.

Grant me chastity and self-control, but please not yet.


People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.

Thomas Merton

Making decisions uses the very same willpower that you use to say no to doughnuts, drugs or illicit sex, is the same willpower that you use to be polite or to wait your turn or to drag yourself out of bed or to hold off going to the bathroom.

Matthew 26:41
1 Corinthians 9:26

Religious people are self-controlled … because they’ve absorbed the ideals of their religion into their own system of values, and have thereby given their personal goals an aura of sacredness.


1. God Goal

Colossians 3:17

2, Under Control

1 Corinthians 9:27

A moralist will be unsuccessful in trying to displace his love of the world by reviewing the ills of the world. Misplaced affections need to be replaced by the far greater power of the affection of the gospel.

thomas chalmers

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