Fruit of the Spirit – Self Control

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Self-control is the last of the fruit of the spirit but it certainly is not the least.  It is found in almost every aspect of our lives.  Self-control is what gives us the discipline to practice living the fruit of the Spirit.

We need self-control whether we’re Christians or not.  It is what keeps us from overeating, keeps us maintaining healthy practices, and prevents us from saying and doing things that would get us into trouble.

But there is a spiritual side to self-control as well.  It is through self control that we are able to resist the temptation to sin.  If we followed the will of our flesh, we would fall victim to every manner of sin.

Self-control is what allows us to say no even though it is something that we may want but isn’t good for us, physically or spiritually.  Only with the help of the Holy Spirit are we able to resist the temptations that we face day after day.

Self-control is just like a muscle; the more we use it, the stronger it will get.  The longer we practice self-control, the easier it will get to maintain it.  This doesn’t mean it will be easy all of the time, just easier.  Self-control is something that we will struggle with all our lives but the Holy Spirit will help us in our struggle.

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