Self-control is a Christian virtue. In fact, it is listed as one of the Fruits of the Spirit, values important to life. There are so many things to test our patients and can make us feel like we are going to give into temptation, but having self-control in our circumstances can help us develop character. The Bible has some incredible wisdom on how to stay patient. In no particular order, here are 10 Scriptures On Self-Control:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25:28
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age. Titus 2:11-12
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 2 Peter 1:5-7
But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:27
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 1 Corinthians 9:25
Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. 2 John 1:8
Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 1 Corinthians 7:5
All scriptures cited are from the ESV version.
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