“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 ESV
What is the most serious problem parents face? We may receive many answers. But a recent study revealed that the biggest problem many face is with teaching children to have self-control and self-discipline. While 83% of parents felt that teaching self-control is absolutely essential, only 34% felt they accomplished this goal. We witness the struggle for self-control every January when countless New Year’s resolutions are made, and the inevitable frustration when those resolutions are not kept.
One reason we fail is dependence on our willpower. As Paul experienced, we may have good intentions, but our human nature has limits. In frustration, he described, “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (Romans 7:15).
As Paul would write to the Galatians, this is why we need to depend on the Spirit. He alone can provide the self-control we need.
You may be struggling with self-control or having difficulty overcoming temptations. You may feel bound by lifestyles or habits, and frustrated by a lack of self-control.
The answer is to rely on the Holy Spirit. Fill your mind and heart with God’s Word. Think His thoughts continually and declare His promises to be true. Be filled with the Spirit and allow Him to empower you with His supernatural gifts.
Don’t depend on your flesh, but learn to depend on the Spirit. Trust Him to give you the self-control you need.
PrayerFather, I need Your help for the self-control I need. Fill me anew with Your Spirit. Thank You for allowing me to experience the fruit of the Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Extended ReadingGalatians 5