Reigning In The Senses
The natural instincts of the heart and the
continuous input of the senses combine
serve up countless opportunities to
into sin. Without a self-discipline
is seasoned, strong, and constant,
quickly falters and falls back into
ways. Learning to persevere, with merciful
acceptance of one's own weaknesses,
to a humble, but resilient self-control.
"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing
salvation to all, training us to renounce
impiety and worldly passions, and in the
present age to live lives that are self-controlled,
upright, and godly, while we wait for the
blessed hope and the manifestation of the
glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus
Christ." (Titus 2.12-13)
Managing the Heart
We are creatures of sight and sound,
Depending on senses to live;
They simply cannot be shut down -
The heart can filter what they give.
The pleasures which senses produce
Give rise to the heart's selfish joy;
To not partake is to cut loose
The heart from bindings that destroy.
The heart detached from its desire,
Striving to live as God would want,
Denies selfish joy and its fire -
Even as instincts goad and taunt.
In striving to filter senses,
The heart's passions will be reigned
Urges are corralled in fences
Of self-control - limiting sin.
A managed heart's open and kind;
Disordered hearts are deaf and blind.
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put
a new and steadfast spirit within me." (Psalm 51.10)
Lord, grant me the grace of self-control,
that my heart may be governed by Your
love and kindness. May the instincts
heart be purified and freed from their
tendencies to sin. Amen.
(c) Paul Buis, 2009