This is our last set of affirmations as we explored each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.
Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation,
In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8— NLT
According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, Goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT
Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves.
The fruits of the Spirit are:
Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.
Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.
Lack of self-control can be seen everywhere. It can be seen throughout the ages starting with Adam and Eve. Some others who lost control in Scripture include; David, Moses, Samson, Elijah, Simon Peter, and Paul (before he knew Jesus). The Bible mentions Self-Control 174 times.
Wikipedia defines self-control as an aspect of inhibitory control, the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behavior in the face of temptations and impulses. As an executive function, it is a cognitive process that is necessary for regulating one’s behavior in order to achieve specific goals.
But self-control isn’t just about our temper. It’s about withstanding the urge of temptation to break God’s laws. Self-control regulates all the other fruits of the Spirit.
Jesus demonstrated self-control when he resisted temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11); didn’t resist arrest (Luke 22: 47-52); was expected to pass judgment (John 8:3-11); and paid temple tribute (Matthew 17:24-27).
When we show self-control, we demonstrate a godly love rather than a superficial love. It takes self-control when we have Godly joy when facing difficult situations. To get along with others in peace instead of giving into hostility; to patiently deal with others; to be kind and consider the needs of others other than yourself; to do good and not evil. And It takes self-control to be a gentle servant of the Lord.
Our perfect model for self-control is Jesus Christ. He was always the perfect example of using self-control to allow God’s will to happen.
Here are affirmations and verses about self-control to help you as you grow this invaluable fruit of the Spirit in your daily life.
I choose to display self-control because it’s the fruit that promotes my spiritual growth in and through Christ.
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.2 Timothy 1:7— NASB
I choose to display self-control during difficult situations. Instead of making rushed decisions, I will patiently wait.
Better to be slow to anger than to be a mighty warrior, and one who controls his temper is better than one who captures a city.Proverbs 16:32— NET
Have I lost control of dangerous emotions or sins?
Would others describe me as calm and collected? If not, why?
A Self Control Affirmation
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