Today's reading

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! –Galatians 5:22-23 NLT

April 21, 2023

Spiritual Fruit: Self-Control

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! –Galatians 5:22-23 NLT

The last time I visited my young grandson, we went bowling. Before starting, he asked, “Gramma, can we use the bumpers? I can’t win without them.” He knew that by using the bumpers, he’d avoid getting gutter balls. The bumpers were lowered, which allowed him to bowl a better game. He won the first round, and Gramma won the second. We both left as winners!

God’s Word says, “A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls” (Proverbs 25:28 NLT). Author Beth Moore explains, “The key to self-control is the refusal to allow our enemies (the flesh, the world, or Satan) to rule or hold us captive in any way. Self-control is our way of protection. Our lack of self-control makes us vulnerable to attacks from the enemy.”

Many perceive self-control as restricting, but it’s actually freeing. Lack of self-control leads to captivity and death—of dreams, relationships, health, finances, etc. Thus, we ought to think of self-control as “bumpers” that keep us living within healthy lanes and protecting us from losses and out-of-control living. God’s Spirit gives us power, love, and self-discipline. As we abide in Jesus and exercise the fruit of self-control, the other fruits will steadily grow to fruition.

prayer focuses

Lord, reveal to me areas in my life where I lack self-control.

Father, help me to exercise self-control in every area of my life!

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Barbara Alpert

Barbara was a wife, mother, and grandma who sought to love the LORD with all her heart, soul & strength. She has authored several books for adults and children. She has enjoyed mentoring other writers and seeing them turn their manuscripts into published masterpieces for God's glory. She believed that every person has a God-story within them to be told and shared. Barbara passed away peacefully in November 2023, but Bayside continues to remember and honor her legacy by sharing devotionals written by her in order to inspire and encourage others.