I’ve been thinking about the fruit of the spirit lately. Is it shown in my life, my heart? Do I show the evidence of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control?
I question my self on all of them. People tell me that I show love, peace, kindness, faithfulness. But shoot, only in baseball would that be a decent percentage. Sometimes, I see evidence of joy, goodness, self-control. Well, self-control is almost never.
I tend to be one that does whatever, says whatever comes to mind and most of the time it is in the face of reason and good sense.
I see others like me but wow, what is the deal with the lack of control?
Then there is the opposite extreme, those who are extremely self-controlled. They do not let anything get beyond their control. If they don’t see a way through, they just won’t go. If they are not assured of a predictable outcome, they will not move.
I don’t think that was what Paul was talking about in Galatians.
Can I just start with saying, “God I’m struggling.” I need more self control. In the battle of life, I can choose to obey, choose to yield my heart.
But, the truth is, I don’t see it. Even Paul, the apostle said, the good that he wanted to do, he didn’t do. The “law of sin” working in me.
I think I’ll submit myself to you. I think I’ll let you be in control. I’ll obey when you speak. I think I’ll worry less about being the perfect Christian and trust my life to the perfect Christ.
And, maybe in my heart being yielded, I’ll find the strength to be something that shows my Lord and Savior.