There is a reason why self-control is considered one of the fruit of the spirit. It is something that people have struggled with since the beginning of time in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve and we still lack self-control today. The word self-control means control or restraint of oneself or one’s actions. Everywhere you look, you will see a lack of self-control. Look at how people drive on the road as if they are the only ones in need of going somewhere. Look at how people leave a concert, even Christian concerts, pushing and shoving. You won’t have to look very long at social media before you see a lack of self control. It is everywhere, and it is becoming harder and harder to maintain control over the things we say and do when we see people everywhere living unrestrained lives.
How can you show that God is the Lord of your life in a world that lacks any kind of self-control? First, let God guide you with your words. Before you post something or say something, take some time to think about if your words are going to bless God or not. Don’t react, but pray and ask Him to give you the words to say. Second, make sure your actions match the things you say. Be faithful and true to your word. If you say you will do something for someone, do it! If you tell someone you will pray for them, do it! Live a life controlled by the Holy Spirit, not a life controlled by your words and actions. A life that lacks self-control is a selfish life, but a life that has self-control is a selfless life.
Self-control is a fruit of the spirit because it is evidence that the gospel and the Holy Spirit are in control of the believer’s life. So take some time today to pray and ask God to help you stay in control of your mind, body, and spirit.