In the last and ninth week of our study, I am writing to discuss a brief summary of Self-Control, which is a part of the 9 areas of the Fruit of the Spirit 9-Week Study. Have you read these articles about LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, and GENTLENESS in the past weeks? If not, you can click to read these articles: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, and GENTLENESS. So let’s join together and focus on the Fruit of the Holy Spirit: Self-Control.
THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: SELF-CONTROL!
The Greek word translated “self-control,” egkrateia, is derived from two other Greek words— en and kratos . En means “in” and kratos means “strength” or “power.” From kratos we get such English words as “democracy” (power or rule by the people) and “theocracy” (government by God). (Hooser, 2009).
Self-control is far reaching in useful application to life, yet the Bible does not interpret the word broadly. It is unspoken, you know – in numerous appeals to dutifulness, humbleness and pure living.
But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. ~ 1 Corinthains 7:9, NIV
This verse just gives you some ideas about self-control. For an example, some people cannot able to handle their sinful temptations such as addiction, hot-tempered, or kind of crimes. If someone wants to make love with other, then they both have to marry better than going to hell.
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. ~ 2 Timothy 1:6, NIV
This verse is very important because the word, “discipline” is similar to that word, “self-control.” Our Lord gives His Spirit to us to start the otherworldly creation that will bring us into His very picture. You see that, Paul places his self-control directly close to more “significant” attributes of our Creator, for example, fearlessness, strength, and love.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. ~ Titus 2:11-14, NIV
In this verse, one justification God has given us grace is for us to bear what needs to be controlled. It is, somehow, difficult to realize a Christian, getting ready for the Kingdom of God, who does not make progress toward persistent and dedication to self-government, that is, one who invites his or her self-interests, tastes, and freedom to oneself. That is what worldly people do today.
Now, an answer to this question how we can continue our relationship with Christ:
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. ~ Philippians 2:12-13, NIV
This verse will help us to complete self-control and our Lord knows that this verse is important because it will not be able to fail us.
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! ~ Luke 11:13, NIV
This verse is an excellent one for us to remember that because Jesus Christ gives us the power of strength so we must trust Him.
Trust Jesus Christ, and tell our Lord that He can help control us. Ask Him for a greater amount of God’s Holy Spirit, and He will assist you with controlling yourself.
Meanwhile, I am glad that we finish our 9-week study. I would love to do the Bible Study Series. I will announce new Bible Study for Women Series in the Fall.
On a friendly note, I need to take a little bit break from blogging for awhile since my hands become pain. Please pray for my hands. Thanks!
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