Self-Indulgence vs. Self-Control
The phrase “self-indulgence” comes from the words “excessive or unrestrained gratification of one’s appetites, desires, or whims,” which can be found in the dictionary. Also, the modern world actively encourages us to partake in its various hedonistic pursuits. In fact, there are chants that we repeat to ourselves that enable us to pursue the activities that bring us the most joy. Every day, we are bombarded with advertisements and billboards for food products that entice us. These encourage us to give in to the cravings our taste buds enjoy the most.
We also live in a culture that values instant gratification. For example, we have meals that can be cooked in the microwave in three minutes, instant noodles, and instant coffee.
Instant gratification is practically a prerequisite in this day and age. However, the question of how we can stay strong in the face of the constant pressure to give in to our baser instincts and satisfy our carnal desires is essential. If indulging oneself and seeking instant gratification are two of the core values people hold in this world, how are those who live in heaven supposed to combat this? How are we, as God’s people, to react to this news?
According to the Bible, God has endowed each of us with a spirit that possesses power, love, and self-control (2 Tim. 1:7). This serves as our protection against the self-centeredness that permeates the world around us. Moreover, we are not intended to overindulge but rather to exercise self-discipline in managing our appetites and desires.
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