The Final Installment of the Be Free Series: Week 9 | Self-Control
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” Titus 2:11-14
Can you believe it? We are on our last week of the fruits of the spirit series. What a humbling and challenging few weeks it has been intently applying them to every facet of life. While all fruits intertwine, self-control is one that is heavily needed in order to apply each of the other fruits.
You must have self-control in order to act in love.
You must have self-control in order to choose joy.
You must have self-control in order to be peaceful.
You must have self-control in order to forbear.
You must have self-control in order to act in kindness.
You must have self-control in order to show goodness.
You must have self-control in order to have faithfulness.
You must have self-control in order to choose gentleness.
As we can see self-control is heavily needed in order to live our lives as a reflection of Jesus. Outside of Christianity and inside Christianity, people speak of self-control - self-control from sitting and binging on Netflix, from eating a tub of ice cream, from gossiping about the latest buzz. But do we realize so often we have good intentions we fall short of? We make lists of all the things we want to work on and change. However, we don't even get working on the list, and if we do, that cleanse diet only lasts two days. We start a workout schedule and it lasts a few weeks. We say we are going to stop spending so much time on Instagram, then find ourselves doing mindless scrolling. We all are the victims of this lack of self-control. But how do we gain back the control? Think about the hours you have wasted looking at people’s photos online that you can’t even remember who they were or what they were doing… Time you could have spent making yourself a better you. Whether that be by spending more time in prayer, reading more, doing the dishes, or going out of your way to do something nice for your spouse.
There are many scriptures that warn us against a lack of self-control:
“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” Proverbs 25:28
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6
We all want to be better wives, mothers, sisters, girlfriends, friends, employers, employees, etc. But how often do we cloud our lives with meaningless things? I pray that we all take steps toward freedom from distraction.
I challenge you this week to write down three goals for yourself and stick to them.
I challenge you this week to read the scriptures daily.
I challenge you this week to spend time in prayer.
I challenge you this week to refocus your time on making yourself a better you.
I pray that the Lord would move in your hearts (&mine) to have stronger self-control.
I hope that this series gave you new revelation and that you are freer than before.
“You will know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:20
My hope and prayer for this devotional series is to have each of us grow together and grow in our relationship with Jesus. May we gain a better understanding of our identity in Him. I have been seeking His voice and guidance on where to start this devotional and I believe that this is the best place to start – this “Be Free” series. It will take us each one step closer to being truly free in Jesus. There is no freedom apart from Christ Jesus, who died for our sins, and once we experience that freedom, we can truly live.
Each week during this series we will soak in His truth and apply it to our daily life – one fruit of the Spirit at a time.