Tag: Self-Control


A former student, Bill West, summarized Kenneson’s approach to self-control in a powerful way.

The paradox of self-control is clearly stated, self-control is about being master over self by making self the servant (224). In both cases, the master, and subject are both self. Self-control should not be focused on self. While this at first seems to be confusing, Kenneson does a great job of explaining what he means.

Most people read the fruit of the Spirit as things to be done outward, towards other people, then come to self-control and see this as being focused inwardly. This is an incorrect assumption. Self-control, like the rest, is to be focused on others, or as Kenneson puts it ‘other-directed” (237).

I encourage you to get Kenneson’s book and read the depths of his approach to this subject.

Taking Control…

Control is the power to influence and direct people’s behavior or the course of events.

At times, someone needs to take control. We know people who are controlling. We preach about self-control. We even discuss the need to be in control

What does this mean and why is it important? 

Leaders must know when to take control. Without being controlling, they should epitomize self-control. And when someone needs to be in control, they should be our guide.

When leaders use their influence in a Biblical and godly way, the course of events can be shaped in ways that change eternity.