Today, we consider the last of the fruit of the Spirit: self-control. For some of us, this may be the most difficult. Throughout our Fruitology series, we have focused on the need to be rooted in Christ, allowing His presence to dwell within us, thus fostering the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. It is the work of the Holy Spirit, not of our own doing. So how does self-control fit into this picture? Self-control is the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, especially one’s sensual desires. What if our deepest desire is to fully know Christ? It stands to reason that this desire would overwhelm and supplant any and all other desires. As we fall deeper in love with Jesus and are more fully devoted to Him, the result would be the presence of the spirit of self-control the Apostle Paul mentions to Timothy (2 Timothy 1:7). So what are your greatest desires? How do they compare with your desire-your thirst, your hunger-to walk intimately with the Savior who loves you so extravagantly that He gave His life for you.
– Michael Milligan, Pastor of Pastoral Care