DAILY DEVOTION, Oct. 27, 2021
The next fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 is “self-control.” This completes Paul’s description of how Christians are to live. Paul lists nine attributes that make up the Christian life concluding with self-control. Self-control is to restrain our emotions, actions, and desires so that our behavior is not a reaction to the words and actions of others, but our eyes are fixed on the will of God. Jesus manifested this spirit in Luke 22:41-42 when He prayed, “not my will, but yours be done.” Peter comments that when Jesus was insulted by His enemies, He did not retaliate (1 Peter 2:23). Instead, he kept Himself under control.
Peter also reminds us that the Lord will return. Therefore, we should live with self-control “so that we can pray” 1 Peter 4:7). If we allow our anger and frustration to gain control, praying ceases. Angry people do not pray. People who control their emotions can pray. Self-control frees us to do the will of God. If you tend to fly off the handle, it is time to ask the Holy Spirit to grant you self-control.
Father, as I have reflected on the fruit of the Spirit, I realize I have much growing to do. Please draw me close to Your side that I may focus on Your will. Please keep my emotions under control so that I may serve You faithfully. In Jesus’ name, Amen.