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Self-control is a “fruit”
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
April 12, 2024

I wish self-control was a microwavable meal. Pop in a prayer request, wait a minute or two, and your self-control comes out, steaming and ready to resist sin.

But Paul didn’t call self-control a microwavable meal. He called it “fruit.” “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22,23). The Holy Spirit can give you the strength to control yourself, even in a world where sin is always one second away, but he will produce that strength in you just like produce is produced.

First, you plant a seed of truth (grudge bearing or anger or drunkenness is bad; I am a holy child of God; I don’t want to do this). Then, you water it with prayer (your prayers; the prayers of your closest allies). Next, you immerse that seed in the warm promises of God’s love (during home devotions, while at church, through your worship playlist). And then, in due time, self-control shows up.

Forget about “fruit” and you’ll get frustrated that you’re not sin-free after a few weeks. Remember that this is “fruit” and you’ll keep nourishing that seed until you become the kind of person you weren’t before.

A person who enjoys the fruit of self-control.