Self-Control: Mastering Our Passions

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Our passions exert a powerful influence over us. The Tempter entices us to use these good gifts in ways that God never intended. Yet the more we do so, the more they tighten their grip, making us slaves to their every whim. This Fruit of the Spirit Bible study helps you master your passions. You’ll explore self-control in five crucial areas: controlling your tongue, your body, your desires, your appetites, and your finances. The final study looks at what it means to clothe yourself with Jesus Christ. The ...

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Overview

Our passions exert a powerful influence over us. The Tempter entices us to use these good gifts in ways that God never intended. Yet the more we do so, the more they tighten their grip, making us slaves to their every whim. This Fruit of the Spirit Bible study helps you master your passions. You’ll explore self-control in five crucial areas: controlling your tongue, your body, your desires, your appetites, and your finances. The final study looks at what it means to clothe yourself with Jesus Christ. The eight-volume Fruit of the Spirit Bible Studies series not only helps you discover what the Bible says about the vital traits that the Holy Spirit produces in believers, but also moves you beyond reflection and discussion to application. Designed for use in small groups or personal devotions, the interactive format will help you grow in your ability to reflect the character of Jesus. Revised to include: Expanded leader’s notes Between-studies applications Suggestions for prayer

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Jack Kuhatschek is executive vice-president and publisher for Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of numerous Bible study guides and the books Applying the Bible and The Superman Syndrome.

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Self-Control

Mastering Our Passions
By Jack Kuhatschek

Zondervan

Copyright © 2001 Zondervan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-23870-6


Chapter One

CONTROLLING OUR TONGUE

James 3:1-12

Winston Churchill was known for his quick wit and sharp tongue. On one occasion, he was confronted by his archrival, Lady Astor.

"Winston," she said, "if I were your wife, I would put poison in your soup."

"Lady Astor," he replied, "if I were your husband, I would drink it!"

It's easy to laugh at such comments-especially when they aren't aimed at us. But the tongue is no laughing matter. We have all seen people utterly humiliated by a harsh word, or reduced to tears by a stinging rebuke.

In this passage, James urges us to control this most uncontrollable part of our body.

Warming Up 1. Do you ever have difficulty controlling your tongue? Explain.

Digging In

2. Read James 3:1-12. James directs his first comments at teachers and aspiring teachers (v. 1). What advice does he give them, and why?

Why do you think teachers will be judged more strictly than others?

3. Why does James assume that if we can control our tongues, we must be perfect (v. 2)?

4. Do you normally think of your tongue as the most uncontrollable part of your body? Why or why not?

5. According to James, how is the tongue like a horse's bit, a ship's rudder, and a small spark (vv. 3-5)?

Give examples of how your tiny tongue can direct the course of your life.

6. How can the tongue's impact on people be similar to a fire (v. 6), a wild animal (vv. 7-8), and a deadly poison (v. 8)?

7. When have you seen a person's life hurt or even destroyed by words?

8. If "no man can tame the tongue" (v. 8), what hope do we have of ever controlling that part of our body?

(Continues...)



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