This is our last set of affirmations as we explored each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8— NLT

According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, \”fruit\” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, Goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word \”Spirit\” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

The fruits of the Spirit are:

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-control

Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  

Next Up

Self-Control

Lack of self-control can be seen everywhere. It can be seen throughout the ages starting with Adam and Eve. Some others who lost control in Scripture include; David, Moses, Samson, Elijah, Simon Peter, and Paul (before he knew Jesus). The Bible mentions Self-Control 174 times.

Wikipedia defines self-control as an aspect of inhibitory control, the ability to regulate one\’s emotions, thoughts, and behavior in the face of temptations and impulses. As an executive function, it is a cognitive process that is necessary for regulating one\’s behavior in order to achieve specific goals.

But self-control isn\’t just about our temper. It\’s about withstanding the urge of temptation to break God\’s laws. Self-control regulates all the other fruits of the Spirit.

Jesus demonstrated self-control when he resisted temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11); didn\’t resist arrest (Luke 22: 47-52); was expected to pass judgment (John 8:3-11); and paid temple tribute (Matthew 17:24-27).

When we show self-control, we demonstrate a godly love rather than a superficial love. It takes self-control when we have Godly joy when facing difficult situations. To get along with others in peace instead of giving into hostility; to patiently deal with others; to be kind and consider the needs of others other than yourself; to do good and not evil. And It takes self-control to be a gentle servant of the Lord.

Our perfect model for self-control is Jesus Christ. He was always the perfect example of using self-control to allow God\’s will to happen.

Here are affirmations and verses about self-control to help you as you grow this invaluable fruit of the Spirit in your daily life.

Powerful Self-Control

I choose to display self-control because it\’s the fruit that promotes my spiritual growth in and through Christ. 

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 

2 Timothy 1:7— NASB

Patient Self-Control

I choose to display self-control during difficult situations. Instead of making rushed decisions, I will patiently wait. 

Better to be slow to anger than to be a mighty warrior, and one who controls his temper is better than one who captures a city. 

Proverbs 16:32— NET

Reflections

Have I lost control of dangerous emotions or sins?

Would others describe me as calm and collected? If not, why?

A Self Control Affirmation

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13 Comments

  1. Paula,
    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for your kind and encouraging words…Glad to hear that you too made the snowflake wreath for Dollar Tree Trees…It only took me 2 years to do so!! LOL! I hope you are having a great week!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

    1. I always enjoy visiting over at your place my friend. Wishing you a great week too. {{Hugs}}

  2. Your words are rich, Paula. xo

    1. Thanks bunches sweet friend. I’d love to have you join me for my monthly link up I host. Sweet Tea & Friends runs from the 1st through 21st of each month. And, is unlimited because I thought people would enjoy linking up older posts that might need some love and attention too. I see you’ve been pretty busy. I so enjoy seeing what you’re up to when you post to IG.

  3. Amen. Thank you for reminding us of these affirmations.

    1. You are so welcome sweet friend.

  4. Praying for more self control; good post!

  5. Thanks for these, Paula! I ask God to work the fruit of self control into me, but so often forget I must make that choice every day and in every situation to yield to Him.

    1. You’ so welcome sweet friend. I agree with you, I have to make that choice every day too and in every situation yield to him. {{Hugs}}

  6. It’s so true that self-control regulates all the other fruit of the Spirit. Love this topic – and your graphic is spot on for fall!

    1. Thanks bunches for visitng Jerri.

  7. Exercising self-control is so needed, Paula! I’m thankful Jesus models self-control so well, and empowers us through His Holy Spirit!

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