Imagine you have a co-worker, who is not a believer, who lies and takes credit for your project. They paint a picture to your client and supervisor that your participation is minimal. After the meeting, you let them know how displeased you are in a manner that might make a loved one blush. Later in the afternoon, you walk into a restaurant for a bite to eat. The person serving you is rude and hostile. You are clearly interrupting their day. When you receive your order, it’s wrong. You return to the counter, scream and demand to speak to the manager.
But what happens when you see these people later and you have the opportunity to either share the gospel with them through a conversation or perhaps leaving a tract?
Self-control is about disciplining your inner self, letting the Spirit bring our minds and bodies into submission. A Spirit-led life will yield itself to Spirit-led actions and reactions. We will face challenges and we will be offended, but having the fruit of self-control can open the door for opportunities to share Christ. Or unfortunately, close the door. Our lives as believers are different from those who do not trust Christ. We have hope, regardless of how bad things get.
Self-control and being Spirit-led is not about being walked over, but rather an opportunity to let your light shine before men. When a co-worker lies about you and takes credit for your work, you can approach them in love and use the opportunity to share why you will not take revenge. The door may open for the gospel to be shared then or in the future. When you calmly approach the counter to share your order is not correct, the warmth of kindness can melt a cold heart. Maybe you then plant a seed for someone else to come and share the gospel.
By chance, if you did have the wrong action or reaction, apologies are okay and acceptable. You can explain you are apologizing for behavior that was not becoming of a Christian. Sharing that you believe that Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead, you are a Christ follower. “I blew it. But I’m asking your forgiveness for my behavior. I’ve sought the Lord for His and now I ask for yours.” Christians are not perfect, but we are forgiven.
Disciplining our inner self through self-control can help us win others for Christ.
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