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Fruit of the Holy Spirit Self Control
by Joshua - Ashish Macwan
03/29/08
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Self-Control is the Ninth fruit of the Spirit. In general terms Self-Control is defined as, “control or restraint of oneself or one's actions, feelings, etc.” The Greek word is "EGKRATEIA" {eng-krat'-i-ah} It comes from the word "kratos" (strength), and means "one holding himself in".


Self-Control as the fruit of the Spirit is of great important in christan life. For without self-control we would not be able to become good ambassadors of Christ. If we don’t have self-control we will die and be lost because of the folly, our lives might become just defenseless city with broken-down walls, we can easily fall prey to temptations, adultery, fornication, and sensualists, quarrels or drunkards which may result in loosing the joy of our salvation which has been given to us through the precious sacrifice of our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus.

Christians have to live sober and chaste lives. In the first and second chapters of the Epistle to Titus, the Apostle admonishes bishops, young women, and married folks to be chaste and pure. Self-Control as the fruit of the Spirit helps us to deny one’s own will and agendas and humbly accept the will, plan and direction of the Lord Almighty. Christ himself has given us the example of self-control by praying to God, “Not my will but thy will be done.” We have been blessed by the fruit of self-control because: we have been set free from the dominion of sin, we have the aid of God through His indwelling Spirit, we even have the assurance of forgiveness when we fall, knowing that as long as we are willing to repent and try again, there is help from God!


The fruit of the Spirit Self-Control helps us to; become patient, defeat the temptations that come our way, overcome the works of the flesh, help us grow as we should in Christ, bear the fruit of the Spirit, Look forward to the special blessings that will come to us at the return of Jesus Christ and achieve eternal life.


Saints all the Fruits of the Spirit are the distinct nature of God. God our Lord wants us to become just as He is loving, caring, compassionate, merciful, long-Suffering, forgiving, low, meek and considerate. Through the fruits of the Spirit Lord also teaches us to check on ourselves that whether we are following in his footsteps or not, that we are keeping ourselves in the love of God by keeping his commandments, that just as God our Lord has worked with us with compassion, love and mercy are we doing the same with the fellow brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus or not, that are we the healthy tree that produces good fruit of which Christ has spoken in Matthew 7- For if we are unable to glorify the Lord our God through the fruit of the Spirits then it will just be the matter of time that He will cut down and throw the fruitless tree in the fire.


Let us not “Walk in the lust of the flesh” producing harvest of un-righteousness which profits nothing rather make us loose our part in the possession of the Kingdom of God. Let the Spirit who has given us life must also control our lives, for we belong to Christ Jesus and have put to death to our human nature with all its passion and desires. We are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God.


The end of all things is near. You must be self-controlled and alert, to be able to pray. Above everything, Love one another earnestly, because love covers over many sins. Do your best to be pure and faultless in God’s sight and be at peace with him. Look on our Lord’s patience as the opportunity he is giving you to be saved- For He who is coming will come soon and He has his rewards with him and will give each one of us according to what we have done- those who have sown in carnal desires will gather the harvest of death but those who have sown in Spirit field will gather the harvest of eternal life.


I thank and give all the glory, honor and praise to God Almighty to bless me with His wisdom to make understand the depthness of working of the Fruits of the Spirit and enabling me to share the same with His bride- my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.


I pray to God that His Grace and Peace be with all of us for now and forever more, in Christ Jesus-Amen.


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