Self-Control, a Fruit of the Spirit
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Though self-control is last on the list of fruit, it is certainly not the least of them mentioned. Temperance, self-control is the ability to live with restraints. The world today tells us to: do your own thing and be free of all control. But, we, as Christians, are instructed to demonstrate self-control that we may be like Christ. It is possible for the old nature to imitate some of the fruit of the Spirit, but the flesh, our old nature, can never produce the fruit of the Spirit. When the Spirit produces fruit in our lives, God gets the glory, but when the flesh does the work, we become proud of ourselves when complements come our way.
We must remember that fruit is produced so it can be shared, not admired, or put on a shelf as a display. People all around us are starving for love, and are hungry for all the other wonderful characteristics of the Spirit that we can share with them. They know we have something they lack, therefore, we do not bear fruit for our own pleasure, but for the benefit of others. This is truly a labor of love, that Christ may be praised and glorified.
Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit working in your life as a Christian. Scripture tells you to examine yourself, whether you are in the faith (1 Corinthians 13:5). Putting yourself to the test to see if you are a true believer, is crucial! Do you recognize that the Lord of Heaven, Jesus Christ, dwells in you? If the Spirit of God does not have residence in your life, there is no fruit of self-control or any other godly characteristic. Trust Christ today, believe that Christ did for you what you could never do for yourself.
Lord, may You be glorified through the godly characteristic of self-control.