“Showing Self Control -Fruit of the Spirit”

“Showing Self Control -Fruit of the Spirit”




Self-control is defined

as having control or restraint of oneself or one’s actions and feelings.  Being self-controlled is the very foundation

for living a life for God.  But, far too

often, we lose control of ourselves and act/behave in ways that are far from

Christ like.  Our desires tempt us every

day.  The devil knows exactly how to

tempt each of us to lose control. In other words, the devil knows how to push

our buttons.  Identifying these “buttons”

and recognizing that the temptation is from the devil is the first step towards

developing self-control.  The closer we

stay to God, the easier it is for us to remain in control.   Below are some simple ways each of us can

increase our level of self-control:  1) master

our moods—do the right thing even when you don’t “feel” like it 2) watch your

words-ignore the impulse to say something quickly that you will later regret 3)

restrain your reactions – quick unrestrained reactions typically yield bad

results.  As we are told in 2 Timothy

1:7, For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and

self-control.  A simple act of self-control

can have a big impact.