God willing, the next couple of posts I want to write about will consist of the 9 fruits of the Spirit. These 9 unique elements are crucial to our everyday walk with Christ. Those fruits are Love, Joy, Peace, Long-suffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and temperance. Other translations in the bible use patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control for the final 6 fruits. God uses Paul to address people and the churches in Galatia about how they should live by the Spirit. He also talks on Faith, and Observance of the Law. But in chapter 5 of Galatians Paul sets the standard of how to live for Christ, and inherit the kingdom of God by explaining what is acceptable and non-acceptable in the kingdom of God.
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. -Galatians 5:22-23.
The fruit I want to focus in on is Self Control. Temperance. In the Greek it means strength. The definition means control or restraint of oneself or one’s actions, feelings, etc.
The song ‘Self Control’ off the B3AR FRUIT mixtape puts it in perspective:
Last, but not least of the fruits of the Spirit is self control, without which none of these fruits on this tree ever grow ..…It’s the virtue of one who masters all of it’s desires and all it’s passions. It’s whats in effect when we deflect temptation that attracts us. It’s God’s given grace to resist when Satan attacks us.
It’s something I struggle with on a daily basis. Self control, I feel, is the element in all of the 9 fruits that balances everything else out. Think about it…
You’re able to love with self control. Because of your self control, you have joy, and patience. Self control brings you peace. You’re able to control yourself and be gentle with others. Self control can help strengthen your faith.
Self control also helps when you’re dealing with temptation and anger. Proverbs 25:28 says a man without self control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Controlling your flesh and emotions can definitely be challenging. But bearing the fruit of self-control proves dividends in those situations.
Another key issue struggling with lack of self control is lust and temptation. Something I know all too well. i still feel I haven’t fully conquered, in the flesh I still struggle, but by the grace of God, and blood of Jesus I have overcome.. In 1 Corinthians 10, Paul tells the people in Corinth that that there is no temptation that has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (v.13).
Controlling yourself in situations dealing with temptation, anger, impatience, worrying, etc. isn’t always easy. But praying for the Holy Spirit to guide you in every situation and to overcome your thought process definitely helps. Proverbs also tells us not to lean unto our own understanding but to trust in the Lord with all our heart. Controlling yourself includes crucifying our flesh as Galatians 2:20 reminds us. Self control also means you don’t set yourself up to stumble hanging with the same crowds or carrying on the same idle conversations.
Self control is a fruit that’s so crucial to producing the other fruits in the Spirit. without, the other fruits would fall out of balance. Its the last of the fruits, we have to produce it, in order for the other fruits to grow.
Think about it..