Self Control

One of the Fruits of the Spirit is Self-Control. Self control conjures in my mind images wholly different from God-control. What self is it exactly that God wants me to have control over?

Is it the flesh? The physical body and it’s sway toward sin? Or is it the soul? The mind, will, and emotion that makes us tick? Or is it the spirit, the dwelling and interaction place of God?

It must be the denial of the flesh. Self-Control is the ability to resist tempting situations and put one’s self in subjection to something contrary to what it would want otherwise.

But wait one moment. I came at this all wrong. Self-Control is a Fruit of the Spirit and the Spirit is God’s department. It isn’t my job, nor is it in my ability, to consistently demonstrate control over my self.

Therefore, if Self-Control is only exhibited when I am in the Spirit, being truly self-controlled is being God-controlled.

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