40 Great Bible verses about self control and discipline

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When the Bible talks about self control, it refers to having self-discipline and knowing how to control impulses and emotions. It is not easy to achieve this alone and by your own strength. But thanks to the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of each of those who believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior, it is possible. Put together in this article are the top 40 good bible verses about self-control and discipline that will be helpful to you.

Bible verses about self-control

1. Instead, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. There is no law that condemns these things.
(Galatians 5:22-23)

2. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love and self-control.
(2 Timothy 1:7)

3. Those who live according to the sinful nature cannot please God. However, you do not live according to the sinful nature, but according to the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not of Christ.
(Romans 8:8-9)

4. So I say to you: Live by the Spirit, and you will not follow the desires of the sinful nature.
(Galatians 5:16)

5. Practice self-control and stay alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Resist it, standing firm in the faith, knowing that your brothers all over the world are enduring the same kind of suffering.
(1 Peter 5:8-9)

Proverbs 25:28

6. A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
(Proverbs 25:28)

7. “If you are angry, do not sin.” Do not allow your anger to last until sunset, nor give room to the devil.
(Ephesians 4:26-27)

8. You have not suffered any temptation that is not common to mankind. But God is faithful, and he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. Rather, when temptation comes, he will also give you a way out so that you can resist.
(1 Corinthians 10:13)

9. Thus God has given us his precious and magnificent promises so that you, after escaping from the corruption that is in the world due to evil desires, may come to have a part in the divine nature.
Precisely for this reason, strive to add virtue to your faith; to his virtue, understanding; to understanding, self-control; to self-control, constancy; to constancy, devotion to God; to devotion to God, brotherly affection; and to brotherly affection, love. Because these qualities, if they abound in you, will make you grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, and will prevent you from being useless and unproductive.
(2 Peter 1:4-8)

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10. In truth, God has manifested his grace to all humanity, which brings salvation and teaches us to reject impiety and worldly passions. Thus we will be able to live in this world with justice, mercy and self-control, while we await the blessed hope, that is, the glorious coming of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
(Titus 2:11-13)

11. The fool gives free rein to his anger, but the wise man knows how to control it.
(Proverbs 29:11)

12. It is better to be patient than brave; Self-control is better than conquering cities.
(Proverbs 16:32)


13. My dear brothers, keep this in mind: Everyone must be ready to listen, and slow to speak and slow to get angry.
(James 1:19)

14. The end of all things is near. So to pray well, stay sober and clear-headed.
(1 Peter 4:7)

15. Don’t you know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one gets the prize? Run, then, in such a way that they get it. All athletes train with a lot of discipline. They do it to get a prize that is spoiled; us, instead, for one that lasts forever. So I don’t run like someone who doesn’t have a goal; I don’t fight like someone who punches the air. Rather, I beat my body and dominate it, lest, having preached to others, I myself be disqualified.
(1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

16. Do not associate with those who drink a lot of wine, nor with those who gorge themselves on meat, because drunk and gluttonous, because of their indolence, they end up ragged and poor.
(Proverbs 23:20-21)

17. Therefore, since Christ suffered in the body, you also assume the same attitude; because he who has suffered in the body has broken with sin, to live the rest of his earthly life not satisfying his human passions, but fulfilling the will of God. Well, enough is enough with the time they have wasted doing what pleases the unbelievers, given over to debauchery, passions, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and abominable idolatry. They find it strange that you no longer run with them in that same overflow of immorality, and so they insult you. But they will have to give an account to the one who is prepared to judge the living and the dead.
(1 Peter 4:1-5)

18. God’s will is that they be sanctified; that they turn away from sexual immorality; that each one learn to control his own body in a holy and honorable way, without being carried away by evil desires as do the pagans, who do not know God.
(1 Thessalonians 4:3-5)

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19. Do not deny each other, unless by mutual agreement, and only for a time, to dedicate yourself to prayer. Don’t be long in coming together again; Otherwise, they may fall into the temptation of Satan, due to lack of self-control.
(1 Corinthians 7:5)


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20. But, if they cannot control themselves, let them marry, because it is preferable to marry than to burn with passion.
(1 Corinthians 7:9)

21. Only the one with impeccable conduct, who practices justice and speaks the truth from the heart; that he does not slander with his tongue, that he does not harm his neighbor or bring misfortune to his neighbor; that he despises him whom God reproves, but honors him that fears the Lord; that he keeps what he promised even if he gets hurt; that he lends money without profit, and does not accept bribes that affect the innocent.
He who acts like this will never fall.
(Psalm 15:2-5)

22. If someone thinks he is religious, but does not bridle his tongue, he deceives himself, and his religion is useless.
(James 1:26)

23. We must not, therefore, fall asleep like the others, but remain alert and in our right mind. (1 Thessalonians 5:6)

24. The fool shows his anger at once, but the wise ignore the insult.
(Proverbs 12:16)

25. I had agreed with my eyes not to look lustfully at any woman.
(Job 31:1)

26. Turn not to the right or to the left; stay away from evil.
(Proverbs 4:27)

27. He who understands restrains his words; he who is prudent controls his impulses.
(Proverbs 17:27)


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28. By faith Moses, now an adult, renounced being called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He preferred to be mistreated by the people of God to enjoy the ephemeral pleasures of sin.
(Hebrews 11:24-25)

29. So, my dear brothers, as you have always obeyed —not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence— carry out your salvation with fear and trembling, because God is the one who produces in you both the will and the action to May your good wishes be fulfilled.
(Philippians 2:12-13)

30. The bishop is in charge of God’s work, and therefore must be blameless: not arrogant, angry, drunk, violent, or greedy for ill-gotten gains. On the contrary, he must be hospitable, a friend of good, sensible, just, holy and disciplined.
(Titus 1:7-8)

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31. To the elderly, teach them to be moderate, respectable, sensible, and upright in faith, in love, and in constancy.
(Titus 2:2)

32. The human being knows how to tame and, in fact, has tamed all kinds of beasts, birds, reptiles and sea beasts; but no one can tame the tongue. It is an irrepressible evil, full of deadly poison.
With the tongue, we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people, created in the image of God. From the same mouth come blessing and curse. My brothers, this should not be like this.
(James 3:7-10)

33. “Everything is allowed to me”, but not everything is for my good. “Everything is allowed to me”, but I will not let anything dominate me.
(1 Corinthians 6:12)

34. Dear brothers, I beg you as foreigners and pilgrims in this world to turn away from the sinful desires that fight against life.
(1 Peter 2:11)

35. … put everything to the test, hold fast to the good, avoid all kinds of evil.
(1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)

36. Rather we should write to them to refrain from what is polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals, and from blood.
(Acts 15:20)

37. I said to myself: “As long as I am before wicked people I will watch my conduct, I will refrain from sinning with my tongue, I will put a gag on my mouth.”
(Psalm 39:1)

38. Certainly, no discipline, at the moment of receiving it, seems pleasant, but rather painful; however, afterwards she produces a harvest of justice and peace for those who have been trained by her.
(Hebrews 12:11)

39. Moved by the presence of his brother, and unable to contain his tears, José hurried out. He entered his room, and there he began to cry uncontrollably. Then he washed his face and, calmer now, went out and ordered: “Serve the food!”
(Genesis 43:30-31)

40. As Paul lectured on justice, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “Enough for now! You can withdraw. When it is opportune I will send for you again”.
(Acts 24:25)