This is a brief lesson to aid in getting to know the meaning of ‘temperance’. The American Standard Version [(ASV) in 1901] was the first to translate egkrateia as ‘self-control’ in Galatians 5:23. Since that time modern translators have done the same. However, this lesson will focus on temperance as found in the King James Version.
Agape love is perfect love, it comes from God. You freely receive it and it cost nothing to use it. So give it to others and show them how to use it. Let everyone know you are God’s child; show genuine love to both God and others.
The gentleness received from God is not cruel or violent. A gentle person is willing to adjust and put others first. Their calm, caring nature is accompanied by meekness. It is inner beauty and quality that shows God is inside.
Learn to use faithfulness. It is another wonderful gift from God. With this grace, we can be faithful to God, our spouse, and other commitments. The Holy Spirit gives us what we need to succeed! Stay with us and enjoy this Bible study.
Peace from God’s Spirit is a result of your faith. Those born again have The Creator of all things living within. No other peace compares to this; does the thought of this bring you peace?
Patience allows us to go through all things without worry. It teaches us to wait on the Lord and not act or react too soon. We need it to receive God’s promise of a life forever with Him. So endure until the end and get your reward!
Fruit of the Spirit: For others to know you are a child of God people must see God in/through you. You must live in a way that is holy [from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 (4)]. That does not mean you must/should wear a cross, carry Bibles, speak in tongues, or use religious words. In other words, let your fruit-bearing life show that you are a child of God. You are the light of the world, let your light [fruit-bearing life] shine! – Bishop Tim
The most rewarding aspect of using self-control for me is knowing that with the help of the Holy Spirit, I can change any bad habit through discipline. God makes it possible when we trust Him enough to let Him help us; let God help you take control of your mind, your actions, and your life.