Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Fruit of Self-Control
Self-control, is the ninth Fruit of the Spirit and an important quality to possess. The Scripture tells us that our flesh and spirit are warring against each other in this life. This fruit is the divinely-given trait that enables us to battle the flesh and gain “self-control” over our sinful nature’s to stay self-focused.
Operating in self-control gives us lasting victory over oppressive struggles such as addictions, hot temper/anger issues, judgment and critical attitudes, and unforgiveness.
Allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and infiltrate us in this area will produce strong and visible fruit for all to see, and give glory to God! Spiritual self-control is not merely about our temper. It’s about resisting the temptation to break God’s laws. Self-control governs all the other fruits of the spirit.
It takes self-control to show a godly love rather than a superficial love. It takes self-control when we have godly joy when we are facing difficult situations. It takes self-control to get along with others in peace instead of entering into conflicts. It takes self-control to patiently deal with others. It takes self-control to be kind and look to the needs of others rather than yourself. It takes self-control to do good, and not evil. It takes self-control to be a gentle servant of the Lord.
Our perfect model for self-control is Jesus Christ. He was always the perfect example of using self-control to allow God’s will to happen.