Galatians 5:22-23 (AMP)
“But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Someone said that self-control is doing what you don’t feel like doing so that you can eventually do what you need to do. An athlete who is not disciplined and one who has no self-control cannot be a successful one. Athletes have to deny themselves, they have to practice self-control because they are focused on a prize, and they have a goal and no matter what, they have to accomplish it.
Ironically, some of us have no self-control but we have become experts at controlling others. The fruit of self-control enables us to live a disciplined life, a focused life, one that is pleasing to God and not the flesh. The bible tells us that the flesh is constantly wedging war against the spirit and in turn what you feed grows. Without the fruit of self-control we will consistently feed the flesh and give in to its cravings and desires and such a life can never be pleasing to God.
We see athletes cross the finish line in first place and win the much coveted cash prize and we wish we were like them. Truth is some of us could be better than them but we never took the time to practice, discipline ourselves and practice self-control and thus we are stuck where we are today with all sorts of baggage.
We can all practice a measure of self-control but sadly many of us practice others control. We are constantly trying to point out to others how they need to do this and not do that while we have not been able to conquer ourselves. Men and women who have no relationship with God have been seen practicing self-control and go on to do amazing things that would impress a lot of people.
How much more us who know God? How much more us who have been empowered by the Holy Spirit whose fruit should be evident in our life?
We have a boost through the Spirit of God that lives in us and thus we should be able to do even more.
In what area of your life currently do you need to have self control? Do you find it easier to try and control others than practice self control, why? Lack of self control and discipline robs many people of their God given destiny. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you practice self-control in the areas that you need to.