Fruits of the Spirit

Fruits of the Spirit      

Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  
 
Temperance (Self-Control) – Strong’s
  1. E’YKpO:TELa {4x} egk rateia, eng-krat’-i-ah; from 1468; self-control

(espec. continence):-temperance {4x}. (1) Egkrateia is the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, esp. his sensual appetites.   (1) It comes from kratos, “strength,” and occurs in Acts 24:25; Gal 5:23; 2 Pet 1:6 (twice), in all of which it is rendered “temperance.”   (2) To render it self-control in Gal 5:23 is contradictory. If one has control of self, the Spirit’s ministry is needless.   (3) The various powers bestowed by God upon man are capable of abuse; the right use demands the controlling power of the will under the operation of the Spirit of God.   (4) In Acts 24:25 the word follows “righteousness,” which represents God’s claims, self-control, even in the non-Christian, being man’s response thereto. (5) In 2 Pet 1:6, it follows “knowledge,” suggesting that what is learned requires to be put into practice.