Thursday, September 21, 2006

Self Control

Here is my first word study on the fruits of the spirit in Gal 5:22-23. I decided to go backwards because I want to do "love" last. Today's study is on self-control (temperance in some versions). Here is the verse again:

Gal 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control .

I did a topical search using PC Study Bible and it brought up two references for self-control:

SELF-CONTROL (Grk. egkrateia); "temperance," KJV. The virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, especially his sensual appetites (Acts 24:25; 1 Cor 9:25; Gal 5:23; 2 Peter 1:6, where it is named as one of the Christian graces).
(from The New Unger's Bible Dictionary. Originally published by Moody Press of Chicago, Illinois. Copyright © 1988.)

SELF-CONTROL; Control of one's actions or emotions by the will. The New Testament teaches that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). The Christian is to be governed by God, not by self.
(from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

A great cross reference for self-control is 2 Pet 1:5-8:

2 Peter 1:5-8
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)

In this reference, self-control is a vital step on the path to be effective and productive as you learn more about Christ.

Self-control was definitely one of the areas lacking in my life before the sexual addiction was defeated. It is the major trait lacking in anyone's life who has any addiction whether it be sexual, drugs, drunkenness, over-eating, financial, gossiping, procrastination, etc...

Father, I pray that all who read this, including myself, continue to learn the very vital trait of self-control. Let us look to eternity and Your reward as opposed to the quick "high" and fleeting "pleasure" of sin. Let us take steps to place boundaries around our weaknesses. Bring into our lives people who we trust and can open up to so that they can help hold us accountable in areas we struggle with self-control. Help us texhibitit self-control in desires that are not in line with Your will. Amen!


Little Miss Chatterbox said...

This is probably my weakest fruit!!

whip said...

Brilliant! I believe God puts people in our lives at certain and sometimes critical times to communicate His word. You are that someone brother. Keep bloggin.

Keri said...

I always say that God put self control last on the list b/c he knew it would be our weakest link...LOL..great devotion!

Skye said...

Wish I read this before I splurged on a new dSLR...


Ron said...

Can we study something else;)

The Youngs said...

i am reading battle field of the mind right now, by joyce, and being so reminded about having control over my thoughts. not allowing negativity to rule over the positive. you might not htink of y our mind when you think of self control, but ultimately, we are the ones who control our every thought. thanks for the devotion today. i look forward to reading the rest.

Cajun Tiger said... and me both

Whip...definitely no coincidences in life...glad our paths have crossed again

Keri...interesting'll see why I went the opposite way when I wrap up

Skye...hopefully this will help next time ;)

Ron...sorry for the delay...was in transit to DC...but I think it worked out well that this word was up for a few days alone...definitely wasn't an accident =)

Kristin or Charles...that is very fav verse on controling our thoughts is 2 Cor 10:5...we take all thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ.