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It is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
The last spiritual fruit is self-control, and it is all about being restrained and using discretion.With the help of the Holy Spirit, we develop the amount of control we have over our thoughts, words, and actions. Believers need self-control to be able to show God’s character in every situation. Self-control is also needed in order to truly demonstrate all other spiritual fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness.
With the power of the Holy Spirit working within us, we are able to have better control over what we do, what we think, and what comes out of our mouths. Because of the Holy Spirit, we have the ability to refuse to give in to our sinful nature, showing self-control in everything instead.
God wants us to have self-control so that we can live a life of selflessness. In terms of our relationships with others, we should always choose to believe the best about someone. As we practice self-control, we gain more freedom! This is because practicing self-control leads to good stewardship and so much more. For example, when we take control over our thoughts, actions, and words, we are free from a number of things including: having a guilty conscious, living an unhealthy lifestyle, and giving in to over-indulgence. Freedom allows us to live in a manner that is reflective of Christ; with a good frame of mind and heart, having a positive influence on others.