However, if I am a disciple of Jesus and my Loving Heavenly Father is disciplining me, it is HIS discipline I need to submit to AND my focus isn't on self, it's on HIM. HIS yoke is easy and His burden is light and I am learning from HIM, following HIM, wanting to be like HIM! (Isn't this SOOO much better?????) The responsibility shifts from being on ME to teach myself to GOD teaching and transforming me. What a relief! What freedom!
OK, so what about "self-control"? Well, here's the best part! "Self-control" is a FRUIT of the SPIRIT (Galatians 5:22-23) and it grows in us AS WE ABIDE IN JESUS. Jesus said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." John 15:5, 7-8 (NIV) "Self-control" grows in us as we spend time with God, receiving His love, His correction, His instruction, His wisdom, His Spirit and His power! He is the One who changes us as we focus on Him, as we surrender to Him, as we trust Him and love Him. I am so excited about this that I can hardly sit still. It makes me want to dance and praise God for how much He loves me and cares for me and longs for me to be free in Him.