Why doesn't God just immediately change our character so we never sin again? He can't, because He has made us with the free will to make moral decisions. That means our decisions matter because the choice to love God is not a one-time decision. But God has given us everything we need to learn and grow in self-control, including His grace and standing with Him as His children. By looking at these, we will encourage ourselves and find empowerment to live self-controlled lives.