To JESUS happiness belongs to people with self-control. You say, “That leaves me out! I can’t control my reactions! I can’t get them under control!” And that’s right. But I know somebody who can help you get them under control.
2 Timothy 1.7 (NCV), “GOD did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.”
GOD says, “When I put MY spirit in you, I don’t turn you into a wimp.”
The results are three fold: power, love, self-control. The secret of controlling your reaction is letting GOD’s SPIRIT fill your life moment by moment. HE’ll break all those bad habits, all those patterns of reacting, all those old ways of being negative, defensive, reacting in fear, in anger, in sarcasm. HE can break all those old patterns in your life and fill your life with power, love, self-control.
That is meekness. Power controlled by love. Even though you could blow them away you don’t. JESUS is the prime example of this. We’re talking about the lifestyle of JESUS CHRIST. HE’s hanging on the cross and HE could have called ten thousand angels. HE could have blown up the world.
Power controlled by love. This is the happy, relaxed, stress reduced type of life style. You roll with the punches. Things don't fluster you because you’re in control of your reactions even though you can’t control the situation.
Some of you are stressed out. You’re stressed out by relationships. What do you need more than anything else? You need to develop the quality of meekness, the quality of controlling my reactions by the SPIRIT of GOD. When HE comes into my life HE gives me power controlled by love.
Just a thought from the front porch…