Self-Con­trol

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Ac­cord­ing to Kieran Cronin, “rights with­out self-con­trol are ster­ile. In the Chris­tian tra­di­tion: self-con­trol, in­ner dis­ci­pline – even amount­ing to a rel­a­tively strict as­ceti­cism – is fun­da­men­tal for free­dom. How­ever, un­like the sec­u­lar tra­di­tion which makes in­ner free­dom a mat­ter of hu­man will-power, helped by our in­ter­nal­iza­tion of so­cial norms and en­cour­aged by fear of hu­man sanc­tions, the re­li­gious be­liever holds that this in­ner free­dom de­rives from God’s grace and the guid­ance of di­vine laws.”64

Self-con­trol is one of im­por­tant nec­es­sary things and it is in­ter-de­pen­dent with free­dom. In Chris­tian faith, free­dom doesn’t mean to be out-of-con­trol. Apos­tle Paul en­cour­age for “self-con­trol” (Rom 14:17). E. G. White also states “The peace that Christ left His dis­ci­ples is in­ter­nal rather than ex­ter­nal.”65 To con­trol your mind, body and soul are in­ter­nal. So Chris­tians are al­ways to be aware and self-con­trol.

64Kieran Cronin, Rights and Chris­tian Ethics (New York: Cam­bridge Univer­sity Press, 1992), 158.

65Ellen G. White, The Acts of the Apos­tles (Moun­tain View, CA: Pa­cific Press

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