It’s interesting to me that Paul’s great list of the fruit of the Spirit contains self-control. It is usually pretty evident when someone’s life is under God’s control and when it isn’t. It’s painfully obvious when my life is under God’s control and when it isn’t. When God is in control, we bear fruit.
One thing I do almost every week is to pray and evaluate the Spirit’s fruit in my life. Have I increased in patience with my children? Am I choosing kindness when people disagree with me? Did I display more self-control over my appetites this week than last? Am I more loving to my wife, or did I miss the mark this past week?
This prayer time coincides with my weekly accountability meeting. I give an account for my thought life, spending habits, time in the Word, and many other important things on the same day that I reflect and pray about the Holy Spirit’s work in my life. Praying through how I’m displaying the “fruit of the Spirit” and giving another man an account for my life is incredibly valuable. When it comes to the Holy Spirit steering my life, I have to have weekly disciplines in place.
It’s Wednesday, which is a notorious tipping point in many of our weeks. How about we take a couple of minutes and inspect the fruit of our lives together?
Ask God to show you if you have more or less love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control today than this time last week. If you are struggling, reflect on Galatians 5:22–23 and ask the Spirit to take the steering wheel as you surrender again.