The Revolution of Love – that is how one celebrity started out her speech a few weekends back, referring to the women’s march on Washington. Sounds good, right? Then she proceeded to tell her opposition to do something that I cannot even print. I don’t know much about a love revolution, but I’m pretty certain this is not how love is expressed. To say that America is divided is an understatement. But one thing is certain, this kind of speech will never narrow that divide. And there is one thing that seems to have been thrown out the window in our culture today and that is self control. Self control is one of the fruit of the Spirit. Daily we must develop this fruit in our lives because daily we encounter situations where we will have a choice to exercise these fruit – or not. Each time we are successful, it is like a spiritual workout session. Just like 30 minutes of exercise a day will strengthen and develop your body, each confrontational situation we encounter is an opportunity to develop the fruit of our spirit-man. Each day it gets easier and stronger. “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” is a lesson most of us learn early in life referring to our speech as well as our actions. This lesson has been lost in today’s society. Folks spew whatever vile thoughts come to mind. We all have wrong thoughts that pop into our minds. But we must be careful in allowing which thoughts we give voice to. Because once they are spoken, they create a reality that either builds up or tears down. Let your words not cut to the core but bring healing to your life and your nation!
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, Titus 2:12 (NIV)
21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
18 Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)