Today, we will be breaking down the fruit of the Spirit: SELF-CONTROL. The following definitions come from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. The Scripture version are from the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible.
Self-control is described as having control over your feelings or actions or restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions or desires. Self-control can be described in a simpler way as not letting our emotions to get the best of us. There are many emotions that can override our faith such as fear, anger, and disappointment. Second Timothy 1:7 says “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” To manage our emotions and desires, we must have a strong prayer life. If we do not spend time with God every day, there will be no peace in our lives. Our emotions would be out of control, and we would remain in a state of confusion. Our thought process and emotions will become irrational and our actions will not dictate who Jesus is. Our flesh will take over on what we say and how we act. First Thessalonians 4:4 says “that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor.” God expects us to have self-control over our lives and be Christ-like in everything we do.
Do you let your emotions to get the best of you? Do you get angry or frustrated quickly? Can you control your emotions? I can honestly say, I sometimes cannot control my emotions, and I have to take a step back, after reacting in the wrong way, to correct my actions. I am a very passionate person, and if someone criticizes or judges me for what I love to do, I defend it with harsh negative words. You might can relate with a similar situation.
We all have areas in our lives that if pushed too far, we will say or do things that is not of God. We are all human, and that’s why God gives us grace. He gives us second chances to make it right.
When our emotions override our faith, we are not being Christ-like. When we have self-control and allow God to work through our emotions, we are showing the world that we can stay calm through difficult situations. Where are your emotions today? Are they under control? Is this an area that you need to work on and pray about? Ask God to help you.