Welcome to this month’s Church Leader Insights. Be blessed!
Every time I see a homemade chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven my self-control is pushed to its limits.
What’s your temptation?
What about the more serious kinds of temptations leaders face when it comes to self-control?
Under pressure it’s easy to be swayed by your own emotions, make reactionary decisions, or be tempted to trade long term success for more immediate rewards.
Self-control is the ninth and last in the list of fruit of the Holy Spirit. It has always appeared to me like an out of place add-on at the end of a list of positive attributes.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.
It appears like it’s the only fruit that is defense and the other eight are offense.
But I’ve learned to see self-control not as the caboose at the end of a powerful train, but the backstop. Without it, the others may easily be lost.
Love may be the engine that pulls the locomotive, but self-control is what keeps it on the tracks.
Without self-control, a leader will be sidelined, derailed, or perhaps taken out of ministry.