I have a young son. He can be happy one minute and upset the next minute.
The other night we were in a store. My son was tired. He demanded that I take him out of the shopping cart and let him walk. I told my son that he had to ask me nicely. Then he became very upset. I told him he could get down when he was under control. Some people might say I was too harsh with my son. But I wanted to teach my son to have self-control.
Many times I am like my son. I react quickly to something that happens. Then I become upset. Instead, I need to be self-controlled.
Our Bible Reading today says that the devil is like a roaring lion. He is looking for people who are not self-controlled. The devil wants to tempt these people to sin. Verse 9a tells us what we should do: “Refuse to follow the devil. Stand strong in your faith.”
If you want to be self-controlled, give your life to God. Then let His Holy Spirit live and work in your life.