Day 9: Self- Control

According to my Facebook poll,this was hands down the one most of y’all struggle with.  I honestly think it’s a tie between this and patience for me!

However, after taking a day at a time to talk about each fruit and truly meditate on them, I will be the first to admit that I need work in all of these areas.

Is there anybody else out there that seems to lose their self-control due to their lack of patience? (Please tell me I’m not the only one!).

What does the Bible say about this?

In James 3:5-6a it says, “Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is on fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body.”

Recently, Gatlinburg and surrounding areas were devastated by wildfires. There is so much loss and it will take time for them to heal and rebuild.

Isn’t it the same way  when we hear something hurtful has been said about us? The hurt and the sting of their words feels just like a wildfire.

I’ll be the first to admit that I have been the one to say hurtful things too-all due to my lack of self-control. That one word that I thought would justify my actions or feelings? It only ended up making things worse when I spoke them from my selfish heart.

Does any of this sound familiar?

So what can we do?

Colossians 3:15-17 has some great advice. Check this out!

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word  or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

If we spend our time looking for opportunities to be a light and turn around and give God the glory, we grow to be more like Him and all of the fruits we have talked about will be evident in our lives.

A word of caution- People will notice. So be quick to tell them the reason why you are different! 🙂

I pray that these past 9 days have helped you in your Christian walk. God bless!

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Day 8: Gentleness

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

A few days ago we talked about kindness and quite honestly, I always tend to group gentleness and kindness together! For my King James Version readers out there the word meekness is used instead of gentleness.

So what comes to your mind when you hear the word gentleness/ meekness? I always think of someone who has a soft voice and is quick to help but never noticed.  Let’s be honest- that takes A LOT of humility. It’s not natural to just fade into the background.

According to Bible Study Tools, gentleness is “sensitivity of disposition and kindness of behavior.” It is also “founded on strength and prompted by love.”

I believe there is a lot of truth to that. It takes a special kind of strength to put others and their needs before our own and it takes love to do it.

Perhaps the greatest description of gentleness was the humble way He came into this world, The King of Kings, and his gentle cries pierced the night as creation rejoiced over their Creator.

In fact, the greatest example of gentleness is Jesus himself who said, “Come to me, all who are weary and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your weary souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).

So if you are like me and tend to group kindness and gentleness together, I pray this opened your eyes.

Maybe you have always seen this fruit and thought of it as being a sign of weakness when in fact it shows great strength. Gentleness is something that can always be shared. Besides, life is hard enough. We don’t need to waste that time being hard on ourselves and each other.