Peter writes, “Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control…” (2 Peter 1:5-6) We’ve looked at adding moral excellence and knowledge to our faith, now today it’s time to look at the next supplement.
HELPS Word Studies defines this as “dominion within, i.e. ‘self-control’ – proceeding out from within oneself, but not by oneself.” Say what??
Our self-control is expressed from within us, but is actually accomplished by the Holy Spirit. Paul lists it as a fruit of the Holy Spirit in his letter to the Galatians: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
So if it’s a fruit of the Holy Spirit, how are we supposed to add it to our faith?? For starters, we are to listen and submit to God’s voice in our hearts. Obedience to his leading and nudging will bring with it his strength and power, and will develop our self-control.
Developing our self-control is a process. What it looks like today is not how it should look next year! Listening and obeying are two things that require practice. As we intentionally pay attention and follow God’s leading on a regular basis, they become easier to do. Growing in our listening skills and obedience will in turn grow our self-control through the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Take time today to listen and obey!
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