We started on a journey several weeks ago with the goal of bearing more fruit, fruit that remains. To bear or produce more fruit, the Bible says that we must be pruned. To prune is to cut away from to encourage fuller growth or in our case more fruit. Our summer series has focused on the fruit of the Spirit which is love. Love has many attributes or characteristics which are listed in Galatians 5:22-23. The final attribute of love listed is self-control or temperance.
As I was thinking about writing this blog post to wrap up our summer series, I was reminded of the Music Machine album I had as a little girl. I would play the album over and over again. I am surprised I did not literally wear it out. When I think back on those times, I realize that even at a young age God was endeavoring to impress on me the importance of love. God is love and love never fails…
One of the songs on the album was entitled Self-Control and it was sung with a little southern twang. I have listed a few of the lyrics below:
Once I had a knot in my shoe
And it would not come loose
I tried and tried and pried and pried
But it would not come loose
I got so mad I kicked the door
and stubbed my little toe, ohhh
If only I had learned a little bit of self-control
Self-control is just controlling myself
It’s listening to my heart
And doing what is smart
Self-control is the very best way to go
So I think that I’ll control myself
It is funny that once I started reading the lyrics, I just picked up singing the song as if I were back in childhood. Self-control is listening to your heart and doing what is smart, which is just another way of saying yield to the Holy Spirit. When a person yields to the Holy Spirit, God’s Spirit produces in him a discipline over the physical realm that helps him sustain his physical condition, stay in good health, remain free from sin, and live a life that is moderate and balanced.
I pray this journey has drawn you closer to Jesus and has been fruitful for you. Pruning may not feel very good, but the results are totally worth it. Abide in Him and stay connected, so that you can live out your life as He planned long ago. I want to remind you of what the Bible says in Luke 6:34 says, “Each tree is recognized by its own fruit…”
Are you happy with the fruit you are producing?