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Self-control

  • is one of the Fruits of the Spirit
  • is an inward assurance of God’s unwavering love (agape)
  • is an inner certitude that God will get us through every trial and temptation
  • enhances our freedom of choice and action by attentiveness to the Spirit’s guidance
  • diminishes our striving for survival and security, power and control, and affection and esteem
  • reduces the energy for sexual activity apart from commitment and genuine love

Self-control as a Fruit of the Spirit may also be called right action.

  • FG: 22-23
  • OMOH: 71, 131
  • CF: 68
  • HW: 49-50 

Self-control, as a Fruit of the Spirit, is not the domination of our will over our emotions. It is rather an awareness of God’s abiding presence and guidance that enables us to choose spontaneously and rightly what is to be done in each passing moment.

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Self-control, one of the Fruits of the Spirit, is the result of the infusion of God’s steadfast love and our awareness of God’s abiding presence. Our former striving for security, power and esteem ceases. There is no energy for sexual activity apart from commitment and genuine love.

As a Fruit of the Spirit, it enables us to do spontaneously what is the right action in each passing moment.

Self-control is not the domination our will over our emotions. It is the inward assurance of God’s unwavering love and closeness. It enables us to do what is right or appropriate spontaneously without thinking about it. We know, in spite of our weakness, that God will give us the strength to get through every trial and temptation without our having to plan in advance.


 

 Reflection: Listening

Self control increases with the awareness of God’s presence. With self control, striving for security, power, and esteem ceases.

Reflection: Reflecting

What does God’s unwavering love feel like? What is life like when there is no quest for security, power, or esteem?

Reflection: Responding

Be aware of God’s abiding presence and assurances.

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