Our key scripture: Galatians 5:22-23 â€“ ESV
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Can you believe we’re finally to the end of our Fruit of the Spirit series?! I hope you have enjoyed this study as much as I have. It’s always fun to break down God’s word and learn more in-depth things about what He’s saying to us, don’t ya think?!
So our last element of the Fruit of the Spirit is self-control. Some versions say “temperance.” Here’s the Greek information:
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1) self-control (the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, esp. his sensual appetites)
Ahhhhhh, self control. This one’s a kicker. Although I think I’ve said that about every one we’ve talked about, eh?
When I think of self-control, I immediately think of things like shutting my mouth instead of feeling the need to say something just because I can.
When I think of self-control, I immediately think of fasting, of bringing my body under subjection to draw closer to God.
Sometimes, as humans, we tend to give in to the nature that is in us to indulge.
And I’m not talking about food only.
Self-control is a virtue mentioned in 2 Peter 1:6 – but you should read the entire chapter to get the gist of what Peter was saying to the body. He basically says that self-control will produce patience in our lives. And patience will then produce godliness.
Anyone else find that interesting?
Yeah. Patience produces godliness.
So when we practice self-control, we learn patience, which in turn produces godliness.
Sounds like godliness is something we grow into over time as well, eh?
I love how this entire series has pointed back to one simple thing: the heart. When we focus on following God with our whole heart, all of these attributes will be working in our lives. Yes, from the moment we are new Christians – even up through the seasoned follower, we fine-tune these attributes. There may be areas you fall short in. Heck, we all do. But we get back up, brush ourselves off, and press forward.
When we are desiring a true heart-to-heart connection with our Daddy God, we won’t have to consciously check these things off. No. Our lives will produce characteristics that mirror our Father.
And that, my friends, is what it’s all about.
Thank you for following along these past few weeks on this journey to dissect this passage of Scripture. I hope you’ve been blessed and learned something new as well.