Fruit of Self-Control – Sun – 21-07-25

Have you ever noticed that people are interested in power? Often, they are like Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor on the old television series Home Improvement. Tim always wanted more power! He modified tools and appliances to have more power. Of course, the extra power didn’t always turn out the way he imagined, but that’s what helped make the show fun!

Gamers are one group interested in power. They want more power in the computer consoles or PCs they use to play graphic-intensive games. In fact, more powerful computers have been a focus for decades. Intel once had an advertising campaign focused on the slogan “Intel Inside.” Their campaign declared that the Intel sticker on a device told you it had “a real power source inside.”

Aside from computers, everyone is interested in having power over their own lives. We want to make our own decision and to control how and where we live. We also are interested in having will power to pursue our goals.

This week, we are focusing on the fruit of the Spirit called self-control. It is also about power. The word translated “self-control” comes from a combination of the word power with the word in. The concept is being inwardly strong, of having power over yourself. As followers of Jesus, we have been given God’s Spirit to transform our characters. We have a real power source on the inside!

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Bumper music “Landing Place” performed by Mark July, used under license from Shutterstock.