Is not having self-control dangerous? Have you ever seen a driver of a car lose control? In a split second they went from hands steady on the wheel, foot on gas ready to break, eyes focused on the road oblivious to the distractions around him, to a frightening view of death due to an accident. That is how fast we can lose control when we start compromising; giving in to desires and not staying grounded in Christ. In order to live a fulfilling life, you must find balance between everything you do. Practicing self-control helps you achieve this balance and maintain stability in your life daily. As we all know, anything done in excess is not good. There are several dangers that present themselves when we lack self-control in our lives. Let’s take a look at some of them now.
Dangers of Not Having Self-Control
Not having self-control is risky to relationships. When we live to satisfy our own desires our relationships suffer. The reason this happens is because we are being selfish – plain and simple. We focus on ourselves and what WE want when we fail to rein in our lack of self-control. In turn this can cause us to neglect our friends’ and families’ needs in the process. Just like anything else that’s been ignored, eventually those we’re neglecting will walk away. Because you have put your own wants so far ahead of the relationship needs, you have put them in a place where they no longer feel needed, important to you, or loved. This selfishness can and will eventually destroy the relationship.
There are a ton of instances where not having self-control can affect our health, but almost all of them boil down to us not seeing the reward as being valuable enough or happening quick enough to resist the temptation. Let’s take exercise as an example. Almost everyone knows they should exercise because of the wonderful health benefits we receive when we do. However, many of us opt to not keep fit and give excuse after excuse for not doing so. The reward of doing such is phenomenal – increased health, better body tone – but the cost or time required to see results is too great for many of us. We would rather be comfortable than prepare our bodies for a long prosperous life.
Another danger, perhaps the most dangerous one of all, caused by a lack of self-control rests in the deceiving lies the enemy tells us and we believe. Satan works extremely hard to keep us focused on ourselves and our own desires instead of being focused on how we could be a blessing to those around us. These lies pull us further and further away from God and our purpose in life. When we give in to these fleshly wants, we are allowing Satan to win. We are basically admitting that we have allowed him to take control of us. Not having self-control can be dangerous not only to our bodies, but our minds, our self-esteem, and relationships just to name a few. Because a solid grasp on self-control is necessary to fight the demise of all of these things and in turn who we are as children of God, it is extremely important that we decide what is truly important in our lives and pursue those things, acting with self-discipline every step of the way.
Proverbs 25:28 (NIV)
1 Peter 1:13
1 Thessalonians 5:6
1 Thessalonians 5:8
2 Timothy 4:5
2 Timothy 4:5