For God gave us a spirit of love power and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
One’s greatest challenge is to control one self.
The word used in 2 Timothy 1:7 is “sophroneo”. Greek word sophroneo is actually 2 words in one:
- sodzo: be saved or delivered, rescued, revived, salvaged, and protected and is now safe and secure
- phroneo: person’s intelligence or total frame of thinking — including his rationale, logic, and emotions (rationale, logic, and emotions)
‘The word phroneo refers to the human mind, including all the processes that are engaged in making the mind function and come to conclusions.’
“God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and of love — He has given you a mind that has been delivered, rescued, revived, salvaged, protected, and brought into a place of safety and security so that it is no longer affected by illogical, unfounded, and absurd thoughts.”
Self control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.
- Possess and/or oppress
- Make one obsessive and/or isolated
- Bring torment to the body and/or soul
These spirits work to make us mentally challenged, disturbed and unfit. A person that cannot think straight, dealing with currents of incessant thoughts and desires is someone who needs to pick up the armor of God and walk in the spirit.
- Temperance: habitual moderation in the indulgence of the appetites or passions: moderation in or abstinence from the use of alcoholic beverages; is related with the sobriety or moderation of character
- Sound mind: sane or rational, having command over your mind.
- Self control: the ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations.
- Self discipline: the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it.
The temperance is related with being in our right mind, opposite of being drunk with alcohol or affected by medicine, and for our character it leans toward the moderation of our character. A person who moderates their characters, does not react without thinking first. Usually chooses their reaction to be balanced, demonstrating to have control over their emotions while being able to control their impulses.
a sudden strong and unreflective urge or desire to act: urge, instinct, drive, compulsion, itch
the avoidance of excess or extremes, especially in one’s behavior or political opinions: self-restraint, restraint, self-control, self-command
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. In Jesus name, Amen. (Ephesians 3:16-19)