Christian Devotions

Self-control Fruit

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions  and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.  (Galatians 5: 19-23 – NIV)

We seem to live in a society today where the motto is “let it all hang out.”  People’s reactions are immediate and emotional when events are not to their liking. We hear angry voices, and see riots, violence and all manner of unrestrained reaction.

But does all this emotional upheaval accomplish anything?  Looking at the recent riots in Ferguson and Baltimore, one would have to conclude that such activity is mainly counter-productive.

If our actions are mainly emotional reaction to an event or a circumstance, we have little control over either the action or the result.

Controlling our emotional reactions so that we can assess the situation calmly will yield a better result in most cases. Controlling our emotional reactions gives us time to think, to pray, to seek the Father’s will in whatever is going on. Praying is the key. When I say praying, I mean not only telling God about the situation, but listening for His answer to our questions about it. When we are obedient to the Holy Spirit, God is responsible for the outcome.

That is a responsibility I gladly yield to Him.

Father, God,

Helps us to control our emotions when bad things happen. Teach us to listen when we pray, Grant us the gift of obedience when we hear your voice.

In Jesus’ most precious name.

Amen.

 

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