Sunday, March 1, 2009

Self-Control: The Lifeblood of Virtue

" the exercise of godly restraint upon our human appetites and passions.This quality is practically the lifeblood of virtue itself—so that a person of true character is most easily distinguished by his or her extraordinary self-control. In the development of Christlike character qualities, here is a trait to which we ought to give a significant amount of energy and attention."

- John MacArthur, The Quest for Character, ch. 25, p. 104–105


  1. I'm often reminded of the verse in Proverbs stating that "like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control." (25:28) A city without walls (in those days) was completely defenseless and susceptible to attack and overthrow. As a man, I MUST keep my walls in good repair.

  2. Amen, brother.

    Though sometimes the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

  3. Haven't seen a new post in a while. I was wondering if you are okay. I have no other way to contact you except through the comments...hope all is well with you brother.

  4. Sir, I got snagged by Twitter! LOL.

  5. Thank you so much for the concern, sir. The feelings are mutual.

    I see you've made the Blog Roll roll, sir.

  6. Yes thank you. And please refer to me as Eddie. My friends call me by that name. I will be referred to as "Sir" after I am knighted by the Queen of England. Glad to see you back!

  7. Blessings to you, Bro. Eddie.

  8. Great post. And is it just me or are there a seemingly endless number of opportunies to sharpen such virtue.... OK lust no longer a besetting sin, now your anger stirs up.. then once that is under control, envy rears its head, then its pride or judging the brethern and on and on and on....
    Nice post Bro.
    Brad M

  9. Hi, Brad,

    Indeed, until we are glorified we will always have occasion to grow in a new aspect of discipline, all for the beauty of Christlikeness produced in us.

    Blessings to you.


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