Self-Control – Fri – 23-03-31

Hunter Biden is probably a name you wish you’d never heard. Hunter, the son our current President, has a very checkered history. The allegations include cavorting with strippers, getting one pregnant, and abusing crack cocaine. Allegations of corrupt influence-peddling also exist, including dealings with the Chinese and a Ukrainian energy company called Burisma. Of course, much of this was fueled by his leaving a laptop loaded with scandalous photos and content at a computer repair shop and forgetting about it. In today’s destructive political environment, Hunter’s lack of discipline has been used against his father.

Things aren’t much better on the other side of the aisle. Although the allegations against Donald Trump are not as scurrilous, many of his political problems stem from his lack of discipline as well. Trump can’t resist tweeting mocking criticism of his opponents, even in his own party. His pugnacious attitude has been used to bait him into political mistakes. Hunter Biden and former President Trump illustrate how a lack of self-control provides an avenue of attack in the world of politics.

2 Peter 1:5-6 tells us to “make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control.” (NIV 1984) Self-control, though a fruit of God’s Spirit in our lives, still requires our effort. We must discipline ourselves like an elite athlete to make sure no area of our life provides an avenue for spiritual attack and defeat.

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