By Chris Blevins
This Friday I will begin a mini-series regarding self-restraint and how it can become our greatest strength. Referring to self-restraint as one of our greatest strengths sounds completely ludicrous.
A mighty show of strength usually entails a reckless abandon of self-control that allows us to secure an outcome that we desire. Laser focus, tunnel vision and a devil may care attitude are other phrases frequently associated with successful assertions of force.
Mankind’s lack of self-restraint, or self-control, has led to the fall of many countries, many countrymen, many kingdoms and many kings. We can look in the beginning of the Bible to the book of Genesis and see that Adam and Eve’s failure to maintain self-control in the Garden of Eden resulted in the fall of mankind. God had provided everything they needed to not only survive but flourish. They were given one order: Do not eat from the tree of knowledge. The lack of restraint exhibited first from Eve and then Adam resulted in the banishment of humans from the perfect place God had provided for His greatest creation – Mankind!
While the fall of our human race can be traced to the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve, it does not leave us blameless. We will never know if we could have done any better in the Garden of Eden. The comparison, while not exactly the same, has the same results. We sin. 1 John 1:8-10 states “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
One final thought this week, what is restraint? Could the mercies of God that we enjoy actually be the product of the restraint of a loving God? May you blessed this week!