MONDAY, JULY 27
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: SELF-CONTROL
You may have heard of the Sunday school teacher who was just totally fed up with the misbehavior of one of her students. Finally, she just lost it and she grabbed him and shook him as hard as she could and she said, “Billy, I think the devil’s got ahold of you.” And through chattering teeth Billy said, “Yes, ma’am, I think he does too.”
In Galatians 5, the Apostle Paul teaches us that one of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control. And the word used for self-control means the ability or power to grip yourself. We might say today you need to get a grip. We learn from this passage that allowing the Spirit of God to flow through and control us helps us to control ourselves.
On a practical side, self-control involves controlling our passions, our appetites, our emotions, our minds, and our bodies. Addictions can make us feel out of control. Losing our temper can make us feel out of control. An anxious mind can make us feel out of control. Or simply not being in control can make us feel out of control. The Holy Spirit can help us in all of those areas.
Aristotle said, “I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.” What area of self-control do you struggle with the most? How would your life look different if you allowed the Holy Spirit to control this area?