Lenten Challenge

12 Feb

Typically, for Lent, we are asked to give something up. What if you were to seek something instead?

I have an idea, for those reading this, to seek self control. Its a play on words but it puts a positive spin on the point of Lent. What a gift we can give to God, to ourselves and to others.

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.Proverbs 25:28

Pray constantly to strengthen your ability to control your ego, your desires, your actions. To think before you speak. To seek to understand other’s before you seek to be understood. To see clearly the choices set before you. To act only on those deeds that will benefit not hurt. To spare yourself guilt, or sorrow.

To gain self control is to give up your ego for the betterment of those around you. You know your weakness. You know what you do that is harmful to yourself or to others. Seek wisdom and strength to demonstrate self control rather than the self satisfaction that never brings the long term fulfillment you seek anyways.

Lent begins on Wednesday, February 13. It is never too late to start seeking joy. You will slip, you will fall, you will be able to pick up and start over, time and time again. Strengthen that muscle of self control… I dare you!

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.1 Corinthians 10:13

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.2 Peter 1:5-7

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.1 Corinthians 9:24-27

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.1 Corinthians 9:27

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.Proverbs 16:32

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.1 Peter 4:7

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.2 Timothy 1:7

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