Self-control is part of the fruit of the Spirit. As we grow spiritually, we develop self-control, or self-discipline. We learn self-control through obedience, perseverance, and dedication.
Why is self-control important?
- We grow in godliness (1 Timothy 4:7-8).
- We produce the peaceable fruit of righteousness (Hebrews 12:11).
- We add to our faith virtue, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love (2 Peter 1:5-7).
How do we exercise self-control?
- We remain steadfast, immovable, abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58).
- We endure when we encounter trials (James 1:2-4).
- We willingly engage in the spiritual disciplines of worship, Bible study, prayer, and fellowship (Acts 2:42).
Our Faith Connections Challenge: There are many benefits to practicing self-discipline. Is there an area in which you would like to practice self-disciplines? Consider the spiritual disciplines listed, and begin the practice. Be blessed!
Lord, we are thankful for the privilege to grow spiritually by learning more about You and how to live. May I become more disciplined and focus to be the godly person You want me to be. In Your name, Amen.