Prayers for the Week: Fruit of the Spirit – Self-Control

By Mike Ellis

Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s Prayers for the Week post. Last week we looked at gentleness, the eighth word that was mentioned as a fruit of the Spirit by the Apostle Paul. Today, we conclude our series by looking at self-control. But first, let’s look at our Bible verses again to refresh them in our minds:

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. ~ Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

The past week has shown a definite lack of self-control among the peoples of this world. Charlottesville, Barcelona, Florida, and countless other locals all have shown that there is a definite lack of self-control in this world. What is self-control, though, and why is it a fruit of the Spirit as listed in Galatians?

To me, the concept of self-control is to make sure you exercise patience, and ask God for guidance in decisions you need to make. Self-control is, to me, about disciplining ones self so that it is in tune with what God desires of me, rather than what the world expects of me. Unfortunately, the events of …read more

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