Endurance and self-control

The way in which Peter links one virtue with the other is very interesting. He speaks about egkrateian (Greek), self-control, self-governance accompanied by, emerging from gnosis, the “right” knowledge, not merely a byproduct of fear, or coercion, or out of submission to exerted authority. It is not about restraint, rather it is about self-discipline.
In other words, acting in agreement with the right knowledge, that is consistency.

The objective of self-control is to be consistent; knowing what’s right and wrong, what’s acceptable and what is not, and deliberately making a decision to stick only with what is right, in agreement with the word of God.

Self-control is linked with Greek “hupomonen” which is endurance; steadfastness, not turning aside from the faith by sufferings and trials.

“Consider it a great joy whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must be complete, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing”* (Jam 1:2-4).

We will never possess endurance without being tested.
Self-control is not allowing self to take it’s own course; endurance on the other hand is to allow trials to take their course while we stand strong in faith.
Through self-control and self discipline in accordance with biblical principles, we are able to keep our fleshly desires and inclinations in check, and are very much in control. but when we encounter hardships and sufferings as a result of our faith, we are not to seek to control (manipulate) situations. We are to relinquish control to God, and allow Him to work it out for us in His own way.


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