Nature of Self-control
Self-control (ἐγκράτεια/enkrateia) is a fruit reminding us that though this is the outgrowth of life in the Spirit it bears fruit in our will and behavior (Acts 24:25; Gal 5:23; 2 Pet 1:6).
Self-Control vis-a-vis the Charismatia
Lack of self-control characterizes so many of the works of the flesh, maybe all of them. So we might say it’s obvious that self-control would have a role in how we exercise the charismata. Indeed, Paul treats that as they key to orderly exercise (1 Cor 14:26–40), noting that “the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets” (v. 32).
A prayer for self-control…
Father, we see how lack of self-control characterizes so many of the works of the flesh, which lead to death. So we pray for the fruit of self-control and your Spirit’s nurture in the way of life.
In Jesus’s name. Amen.
- What are some areas of your life in which you think you need to exercise greater self-control?
- How has good self-control or a lack of it helped or harmed you and those you love most?