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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
"So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace." (Romans 8:6 NLT)
THOUGHTS FOR TODAY
When we live behind our defensive wall of anger and isolation, we may think we are being in control, but we actually can be pretty hard to be around. People may feel as if they have to walk on eggshells around us and are likely to stay away from us, reinforcing our isolation.
Galatians 5:22-23 identifies self-control as a fruit of the Holy Spirit. This is not a self-centered kind of control. Rather, it is self-control that flows from the knowledge of who we are in Christ. Seeing the other fruit described in the same passage (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness) makes it clear that they are all other-centered, not self-centered.
CONSIDER THIS . . .
In our misguided attempts to get our lives under control, we often push away people who really care about us . . . allow our feelings to shape our identity . . . and become slaves to a pattern of isolation. True self-control does not take place when "I" am in control but instead when the Holy Spirit is in control.
Sometimes we focus on the symptoms and not the cause of life's problems. If we look at the fruit of the Spirit as something we must work on, we are likely to soon conclude that we can't do it. This kind of godly character develops only as we submit to the Holy Spirit flowing through our life.
Father, so often I try to become a better person on my own. My way. My wants. Help me instead to focus on you, to submit to your way, allowing the Holy Spirit to be in control. In Jesus' name . . .
THESE THOUGHTS WERE DRAWN FROM . . .Understanding Depression: Overcoming Despair through Christ by Donald G. Miles, Ed.D.
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