“But the fruit of the Spirit is … self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).
That might seem a strange passage to highlight in this series, but its truth has helped me a lot. We’re told the Spirit and the flesh are against each other. One of my fleshly weaknesses? I haven’t always been great at coping when things didn’t go according to plan, particularly when the situation could have been avoided if I’d had my eyesight. It would be so easy for me to rest on my laurels and say: “That’s the way I am. Too bad if people can’t accept it,” but that’s not what God expects. Like fruit on a tree, He expects the qualities His Spirit produces in us to grow, including self-control. I really appreciate that God wants me to aspire to something better – to being like Christ.
“He has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He really is” (1 John 3:2).
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