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Sunday, 1st November 2020

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to another fun filled email exploring the Fruit Of The Spirit. This week we will be looking at self control.

This Fruit of the Spirit series is based on St Paul's letter to the Galatians 5:22-23 "By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."

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Week 8 - Self Control

I wonder ...
  • I wonder what it means to have self control?
  • I wonder how good you are at practising self control?
  • I wonder if you can think of any bible story where Jesus showed self control?
  • I wonder what we can learn from Jesus when he was tempted?

Question to ask your parents!
  • I wonder how good you are at practising self control?

Self Controller

Self Controller

To make your controller you will need to stick three rectangle sponges together. Once they are taped together, wrap it up with some wrapping paper of your choice. 

At the top of the controller make a label with the words from James 1:19 quick to listen
...slow to speak
...slow to get angry (James 1:19)

At the bottom make a label saying 'Self Controller'

Next create five buttons and label them “Stop”, Pause”, “Power”, “Guide”, and “Select”. These remind us to STOP before reacting, PAUSE to ask God for His power, that POWER to do the right thing comes from the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit is our GUIDE, and we can SELECT the right reaction and words.

Feel free to add more decoration around the controller.

Credit: Club 252


Youth Zone

Temptation comes in all shapes and sizes. I wonder how you would react with the temptation of a delicious marshmallow in front of you? Are you like the two children who just ignored it by thinking of other things? Or maybe you are like the ones who smelt it and felt it but put it back? Or you could be like the little girl at the end, who started eating it before the woman had even told her what she had to do with it and the reward afterwards.

To withstand temptation we need self control. For these children there was some who did have it, others not so much. To have self control is simply to control ourself. We find that easy to do until something comes along which tempts us. When temptation does come along, and it does, we tell ourselves that what we are doing will make us feel good or better about ourselves, that it will make everything easy and that no one will find out. When we believe these lies we have absolutely no chance of being self controlled. This is when we need help! This is when we need Jesus.

To have self control we need to surrender all control to Christ. Self control is a denial of oneself rather than a reliance on oneself. Matthew 16:24 says 'Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."' To have self control we need to deny ourselves and rely on Jesus. We can't do it in our own strength no matter how hard we try, we always fail. The power needed to obtain self control in our lives can only be given by the Spirit of Christ working in our minds and hearts.

We're not alone. Jesus has been there, He too has been tempted. He showed us that despite being hungry, thirsty and tired, he managed to resist the temptation of the devil. 

In the list of Fruit of the Spirit, self control is last, but I would say it is the most important. Without self control in our lives we are unable to do the rest. To be loving we have to have self control, to be faithful we have to have self control, to be patient we have to have self control. Self control is learning to respond rather than react. We all have triggers which make us react. Whether it's with a certain family member, a friend or teacher, or when we are in a certain situation. We need to respond like Christ not react like ________ (enter your name here).

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