This week we conclude our series of verses on the fruit of the Spirit. This
week we look at self-control. The Greek word for self-control is "enkrateia,"
from the word "kratos," which means "strength."
(Gal 5:22-23 NLT) But when the Holy Spirit controls our
lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and
self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.
(1 Tim 3:2 NLT) For an elder must be a man whose life
cannot be spoken against. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exhibit
self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having
guests in his home and must be able to teach.
(1 Tim 3:11 NLT) In the same way, their wives must be
respected and must not speak evil of others. They must exercise self-control
and be faithful in everything they do.
(Titus 2:2 NLT) Teach the older men to exercise self-control,
to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have strong faith
and be filled with love and patience.
(Titus 2:11-12 NLT) For the grace of God has been revealed,
bringing salvation to all people. 12 And we are instructed to
turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil
world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God
(1 Pet 1:13 NLT) So think clearly and exercise self-control.
Look forward to the special blessings that will come to you at the return
of Jesus Christ.
(2 Pet 1:6 NLT) Knowing God leads to self-control.
Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to