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I Choose Joy

Don’t forget that God is slow to anger and quick to forgive!

Our Right to Rejoice: Our Problem with Rejoicing
Self-Control – Part 1

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:9-11

Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:8

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

This week we are looking at all the challenges we will face while trying to truly obey the command to “rejoice always.” Probably the biggest obstacle is us! Self-control is a two-word phrase that makes most Christ followers cringe. Most of us feel we need work in this area of self-control.

There are dozens of negative results from lack of self-control but one of the worst is the destruction of our joy. We feel terrible about ourselves when we have not controlled ourselves. We feel we’ve let ourselves down, our families and most importantly, our Lord. When the Apostle Peter let the Lord down hours before the crucifixion, he ran out of the courtyard weeping bitterly! I think most of us can relate to Peter’s devastation.

How can we “rejoice always” when faced with the human failures that plague us? First, we must remember the fact that we should rejoice that we do feel terrible when we blow it. That means that God’s Holy Spirit is still at work in us, wooing us back to Him. Secondly, we must learn to forgive ourselves. Most of us have tried to practice forgiveness to others but fail to forgive ourselves. Don’t forget that God is slow to anger and quick to forgive! He wants us to imitate Him with this same attitude. Beating up on yourself drains you of energy that you need to get up and continue the walk with God!

Father, I want to live in the abundant life you have purchased for me through Jesus’ sacrifice. I will rejoice today for that love! In Jesus’ Name, amen.