Welcome back! Over the past few weeks, we have been studying the virtues of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness. Today, we are going to tackle the final virtue in the series which is self-control.
Merriam Webster Definition and Synonyms of Self-Control
- Definition: restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires
Synonyms: self-command, self-containment, self-discipline, self-government, willpower
Greek word for Self-Control
The ancient Greek word for self-control is egkrateia. This has the connotation of self-mastery and self-restraint.
Favorite Verses on Self-Control
- “He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles.” Prov. 21:23
- “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.” Prov. 16:32
Final thoughts on Self-Control
Self-control is possibly one of the hardest virtues to put into practice because it requires so much discipline and willpower. Our emotions and desires can be so strong and it can be difficult to rein them in. Self-control relates to all of the other virtues because in exercising self-control, we are able to demonstrate love in the face of hate, joy in the face of sadness, forbearance in the face of suffering, kindness in the face of cruelty, goodness in the face of spite, faithfulness in the face of struggles or hurt, and gentleness in the face of anger. Self-control does not mean inhibiting ourselves to the point of being unnatural, unhealthy or fake. We are by nature emotional beings. But in exercising self-restraint, the aim is to eliminate negative habits while fostering positive ones. This covers many aspects of our lives from how we interact with others to the foods we choose to eat to the activities we choose to engage in. All require a certain aspect of commitment and discipline.
We have now come to the end of our study on the Fruit of the Spirit. I hope you have enjoyed studying these virtues over the past few weeks. I personally feel that I have grown from the experience and although I often fall short in these virtues, it is something I am aiming to put into practice as much as I possibly can!
“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control“. Galatians 5:22-23