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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control

Truth Verse
“Say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and ... live self-controlled, upright and godly lives.” — Titus 2:12

Have you ever been really angry or said things you regret later? Have you gotten in trouble for doing something you shouldn’t have? These are times when we need self-control.

What is self-control? Self-control is choosing actions and attitudes that please God, not ourselves. The Holy Spirit helps us to make choices that show we are created to be like God, who is righteous and holy. (Read Ephesians 4:22-24.)

When should we have self-control? The Holy Spirit helps us develop self-control in:

1. Our thoughts. Self-control helps us choose thoughts that please God. It helps us make good choices about what we read, watch on TV, or see on the Internet.

2. Our actions. With self-control, we think about how our actions will affect others and ourselves before we act. Self-control means we won’t pout or get angry easily. It means we’ll choose to take care of our bodies too.

3. Our words. The Bible tells us being careful about what we say to others is very important. (See James 3:2.) Unkind words demonstrate a lack of self-control.

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