Fruits of the Spirit
Self Control - "this way and that way"
1 Thessalonians 4:4,7
- God is a Holy God. Perfect in every way. Jesus is God's perfect Son and He wants you to grow mature in your Christian faith. God gives you a choice about what you will do and how you will do it. It is not always easy to choose to do what is right. Sometimes you choose to your own way instead of God's way. Wrong choices can hurt you and others, and God. God's way is always best!
- Call on Him to help you live with self control.
No one is perfect, except Jesus. We all do wrong and fall into sin, everyday. The Bible says, "Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God's glory." Romans. 3:23
This is why we need Jesus as our Savior.Those who know Jesus can call on Him to help them live by the fruits of His Holy Spirit. One of these fruits helps us control our actions to do what is right in the eyes of God. This gift is called "self control."
The mountains in the Kid Cave Forest are great for skiing. Emmi Squirrel says they must glide "this way and that way," to keep from going too fast. Controlling how fast they go down the mountain will help them stay safe from harm. They need a lot of practice to keep going in the right direction. The Critters have learned to control their skis. They want this ride down the mountain to be fun and free from bad falls.
When Jesus is in the center of our lives and we allow Him to have control over us, His Spirit will nudge us in the right direction. He will show us how to love for Him and others, putting self wants last. God's Holy Spirit will give us the help we need to live for God and others. He will help us to have a better life as we make good decisions that will effect our futures. When we hear Him and obey what He says, we are using our gift of "self control."
- ©2001 Cherbear
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