Just like you, I was standing in a check out line and my eyes strayed to the covers of all the popular gossip rags that fill the racks. It almost seems like a pop-star changing his brand of toothpaste would call for a special edition. We seem to worship people who act childish and immature. Maybe it is a desire within us to be totally selfish and not feel guilty. I don’t know.
What I do know is that the standards of God are different than the standards of our culture. Take it another step. The standards of God are different than any culture. Here is another example. Proverbs takes a character trait that is the opposite of our idols and tells us, “Be this way.”
A believer “rules” (4910) his “spirit” (7307). We are not to be “free spirits.” We are not to be “spirited.” We are to be controlled. God gives us that ability by the work of the Holy Spirit.
(Galatians 5:22-23 KJV) But the fruit of the pSirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.The “temperance” of the KJV is “self control” in the more modern translations.
So? Self control is available. Plug it in. Turn it on. Walk in righteousness.