“I just couldn’t help myself!” Have you ever heard that before? Have you ever said that before? Most of the time there really isn’t much truth to the statement. Probably the truth lies somewhere closer to “I didn’t want to help myself!” The topic of this statement is self-control, or more likely the lack of it. Self control is used every day, all throughout our day, in our actions, in our words and even in our thoughts. Most of us may have self control in some areas while other areas seem to get us every time. One person could pass up a bowl of M&Ms without a second thought but with another person it would dominate their thoughts until the bowl was empty. Self control is a fruit of the Spirit. Fruit is something that grows. It begins as a tiny bud, and with the proper nourishment slowly develops until the full fruit is ready. Self control and the other fruit of the Spirit are developed similarly. But what nourishes their development is a relationship with God. If our relationship with God is barely existent, the fruit of the Spirit in our life will be as well. The more time we give to God (through prayer, reading His Word, worship), the more developed the fruit of the Spirit becomes in our life. So if you ever find yourself saying “I couldn’t help myself”, let that be an indicator that you might need to spend more time with the One who can help!
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)
28 A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls. Proverbs 25:28 (NLT)