Bible Scripture Affirmations about Self Control

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Controlling my tongue shows a high degree of self control.

James 3:2 NLT

Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

I will have self-control and watch what I say.

James 1:26-27 NLT

If you claim to be religious but don't control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

James 1:19-21 NLT

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.

I will be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

James 1:19-21 NLT

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.

I will follow Jesus instead of my own sinful desires.

James 1:14-15 NLT

Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.

Love does not demand its own way.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NLT

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!

I will not make excuses to do what is wrong.

Romans 3:8 NLT

And some people even slander us by claiming that we say, "The more we sin, the better it is!" Those who say such things deserve to be condemned.

I will use my mouth wisely and keep silent at appropriate times.

Proverbs 17:28 NLT

Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.

I am living for the will of God and staying away from selfish desires.

Jude 1:16 NLT

These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want.

I will practice self control in my life and not be like an unthinking animal.

Jude 1:10 NLT

But these people scoff at things they do not understand. Like unthinking animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction.

God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:5-7 NLT

I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

I will stay far away from evil paths!

Proverbs 1:15-19 NLT

My child, don't go along with them! Stay far away from their paths. They rush to commit evil deeds. They hurry to commit murder. If a bird sees a trap being set, it knows to stay away. But these people set an ambush for themselves; they are trying to get themselves killed. Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money; it robs them of life.

I will turn my back on things that are not right.

Proverbs 1:10 NLT

My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!

God teach me how to live a disciplined and successful life.

Proverbs 1:2-4 NLT

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.

I pray for strength to live a self controlled life.

Proverbs 1:2-4 NLT

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.

Father, lead us out of temptation and deliver us from evil.

Matthew 6:9-13 NLT

Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don't let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.

The Spirit is producing the fruit of self-control in my life.

Galatians 5:22-23 NLT

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

God is faithful and he will not let the temptation be more than I can stand.

1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

God is faithful and he will show me a way out of temptation.

1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

I am a man of God and I will run from evil things.

1 Timothy 6:11-12 NLT

But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.

I will say "No!" to temptation.

Matthew 4:3-4 NLT

During that time the devil came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread." But Jesus told him, "No! The Scriptures say, 'People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

I will not speak evil against anyone.

James 4:11-12 NLT

Don't speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God's law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?

I will resist the devil, and he will flee from me.

James 4:7-8 NLT

So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.

Through the power of the Spirit I can put to death the deeds of my sinful nature.

Romans 8:12-14 NLT

Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

I have no obligation to do what my sinful nature urges me to do!

Romans 8:12-14 NLT

Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

I am not controlled by my sinful nature but instead by the Spirit.

Romans 8:9 NLT

But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)

I will let the Spirit control my mind and think about life and peace.

Romans 8:6 NLT

So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

I will not be dominated by my sinful nature and think about sinful things.

Romans 8:5 NLT

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.

I will control my own body and not live out lustful passions.

1 Thessalonians 4:4-5 NLT

Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor-not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways.

I will control my own body and live in holiness and honor.

1 Thessalonians 4:4-5 NLT

Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor-not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways.


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