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By | October 1, 2016

By T.K. PARKS What the world needs now is self-control?BBC News title “Guns in the U.S: The statistics behind the violence” Printed on January 5, 2016 {{more}} “The United States has approximately 300 million guns- nearly one for every member of the population including women and children.The StatisticsMass Shootings: There were 372 mass shootings in the US in 2015, killing 475 people and wounding 1,870, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker. A mass shooting is defined as a single shooting incident which kills or injures 4 or more people, including the assailant.School Shootings: [[more]]There were 64 school shootings in 2015, according to a dedicated campaign group set up in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Connecticut in 2012. These figures include occasions when a gun was fired but no-one was hurt.All Shootings:Some 13,286 people were killed in the US by firearms in 2015, according the Gun Violence Archive, and 26,819 people were injured .Of all the murders in the US in 2012, 60% were by firearm compared with 31% in Canada, 18.2 in Australia, and 10% in the UK.”Source: UNODCWhat is Self-Control and Self-Discipline?Self-Control : The ability to control one-self, 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.Why do we need Self-Control?We live in a society that teaches us to respond before we think. Everyone is so pressed for time that we rarely take a minute to evaluate what is being said or done. How will you know that you have acted without thinking? Because you will always have to apologize. It may be hours, days, weeks or even years but you will have to apologize. A lack of self-control is 90% of why homes are broken.Do the math for yourself… Lust and lying equals no self- control. Robberies, killings, child neglect, abortion, gun violence, family violence and single parent homes all stem from someone losing or choosing not to apply self-control. How to apply self-control using evaluationThere are numerous methods for applying self-control but the evaluation method is the one that changed my life.The word “evaluation” according to Wikipedia is “a systematic determination of a subject’s merit, worth and significance, using criteria governed by a set of standards.”So using that definition, it’s the act of making a decision about the current situation using rules.Self-Control is a set of rules that you live by. It is a moral code of conduct that you have built into your DNA. Self-Control is Character.What does the Bible say about self-control?Let’s start with the code of conduct. We are given Ten Commandments to walk in and live by. So, how can a man live according to the Ten Commandments except that man have self-control? Let’s use “you shall not steal” as an example. Some people may say well that’s easy but in all actuality it’s not easy for someone who doesn’t have self control.Stealing is the product but there were two things that were multiplied in that person. In order to steal, two things have to take place.1. You have to see the item and want it. I mean you want this item so bad you can see yourself in it. Your eyes are the will of your emotions. Therefore lust is born for that object. Jesus says “if a man thinks it, he has done it” and He was speaking of lust. Lust starts with the eyes leads to feelings. Think about that. Everything is geared by the eyes.2. This next step is the thinking process. Can I steal it? Who will know? They don’t even use it! They surely won’t think it was me. This is the convincing of the mind and everybody knows that when the mind is made up, nothing can stop it. For this reason people say “where there is a will, there is a way” and now you have talked yourself into physically taking the item. The Bible is filled with instruction on how to live a healthy life but the only way to walk in the Light is to have self control…Proverbs 25:28 and Proverbs 16:32 compares having no self control to a city without walls…butJames 1:19 says,“Wherefore my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath” this is a guideline to practice self control given by a disciple 2,000 years ago.Second Peter 1:5-7 says we are to have these character traits; faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love.I got a 3 year old boy that says that he “keeps his discipline in his pocket” and it tickles my heart every time but maybe he’s on to something, maybe we all should keep our discipline in our holsters and pull it out on all the people that we want to bring harm to. Put down the guns and pick up the 66 books of peace and I’ll leave you with this question…How much of our next generation is in the grave?By: T.K. PARKS

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