Self-control is the final fruit of the Spirit Paul lists. Self-control is the ability to master oneself. What does it mean to master oneself? How do we do that?
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
Depending on your present situation, the term self-control brings forth different images dancing in your mind. We might think of overcoming powerful habits that dominate our lives, like overindulging, being too glib, or gossiping. It may bring to mind overcoming addictions or harmful behavior. The lack of self-control is a basic characteristic of immaturity. As we mature, we grow in our ability to master ourselves.
Self-control is demonstrated when we don’t give in to every whim of our appetites, practice fidelity, and deal with others honestly. A deep relationship with the Lord manifests itself through self-control. Over time, this ability to master ourselves branches out to every aspect of our life.
Prayer: God, help me deepen in my walk with You so that I can grow in my ability to master myself, doing that which is pleasing to You, in a manner bringing You praise.