Thursday, May 08, 2008

What Do You Think?

One of the comments from yesterday's post was from my friend Deleise. She asked:


"Where is the line between control and self-control?


How much does He want us to rely on Him and how much does He want us to muster up from inside ourselves?"


Come on....help her out. What do you think?

9 comments:

Roger Garrett said...

That question continues to make my head hurt. I have no idea how to answer that

Donna said...

I may be going out on a limb here but to me "self-control" is a fruit of the spirit. Therefore, to have self-control you are giving up "control" over to the Holy Spirit. Basically what I am trying to say is "self-control" comes not from our own strength but by God's grace and His Spirit. This "self-control" keeps us from being "controlling" and enganging in sin (rebellion) opening doors to witchcraft.

I hope that made sense.

FULL OF JOY said...

I am just reposting what I wrote last night on the last blog, should have waited till morning!:)

The control vs. self control issue is a hard one. The Lord has shown me lately that if I ask Him, oh yeah and LISTEN, to the boundaries He wants me to have, then control is a non issue and everything becomes a choice of obedience rather than an issue of control. I guess I am trying to say that His boundaries are directly connected to self control and if they are Holy Spirit lead boundaries then they aren't about us or anyone else, only about Him, so we are then out of control.

Oh yeah, a friend pointed out to me once to apply Romans 11:36 to self control...so self control is from Him, and it is only through Him that I can walk in self control and it is For his glory that I am walking in self control.

And doesn't it take a lot of self control not to try and be in control all the time! :)

shanna said...

I agree with Donna...

Christi said...

For me, self control is about controlling anger and attitude and stuff like that. "Controlling" tends to be more manipulative. While it's still self serving, controlling usually affects many others besides yourself. The only thing we can truly control is self! Our thoughts and attitudes are so important.

Abbi said...

I agree with the others. In my opinion, self-control is a lot like PEACE--just trusting that things will work out for the best.

Self-control=biting your tongue, controlling your temper, NOT trying to TAKE control, etc.

Anonymous said...

self control is controlling your own actions, control is controlling others actions.....

Robin Meadows said...

Good points! Keep them coming.

deleise said...

These are all good!