It might get a bit messy in July. We will be discussing the often overlooked fruit of self-control. In our day, self-control is not a popular subject even within Christian circles. Together, let’s pray for the Holy Spirit to direct us into understanding this powerful fruit meant for each of our lives in abundance. May the Lord prune, cultivate, and produce the fruit of self-control in us this month.
Referenced 14 times in the Bible, the scriptures cover a variety of topics concerning self-control. The following list is for your convenience as we began our study.
Acts 19:36 These facts, then, being unquestioned, it becomes you to maintain your self-control and not act recklessly.
Acts 24:25 As he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was terrified, and answered, “Go your way for this time, and when it is convenient for me, I will summon you.”
1 Corinthians 7:5 Don’t deprive one another, unless it is by consent for a season, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer, and may be together again, that Satan doesn’t tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
1 Corinthians 7:9 But if they don’t have self-control, let them marry. For it’s better to marry than to burn.
1 Corinthians 9:25 Every man who strives in the games exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.
Galatians 5:23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
1 Timothy 2:9 and I would have the women dress becomingly, with modesty and self-control, not with plaited hair or gold or pearls or costly clothes,
1 Timothy 2:15 But if they go on in faith and love and holy self-control, she will be kept safe at the time of childbirth.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.
2 Timothy 3:3 without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good,
2 Timothy 4:5 But as for you, you must exercise habitual self-control, and not live a self-indulgent life, but do the duty of an evangelist and fully discharge the obligations of your office.
2 Peter 1:6 and in knowledge, self-control; and in self-control patience; and in patience godliness;
2 Chronicles 28:19 For the Lord made Judah low, because of Ahaz, king of Israel; for he had given up all self-control in Judah, sinning greatly against the Lord.
Proverbs 25:28 He whose spirit is uncontrolled is like an unwalled town which has been broken into.
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