But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
Self-control: the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions (THAYER'S GREEK LEXICON); proceeding out from within oneself, but not by oneself; "dominion, mastery"
Self-control: the ability to exercise restraint or control over one's feelings, emotions, reactions, etc (Dictionary.com)
One who masters his desires and passions. Dominion Mastery!
There are many things which I have "mastered". Some have taken years to learn, and some things, even though I think I've "mastered" them, I still have more learning to do.
Dominion Mastery, made me think of Taekwondo. You start with a White belt, and after you have mastered certain things, you graduate to a Orange belt. You continue learning and mastering and finally you reach the Black belt. The Black belt represents maturity, you've taken control and learned all the knowledge of the previous belts — you have mastered the art.
Self-control. Dominions mastery, masters desires and passions—feelings, emotions, and reactions. Since the ability to have self-control comes from "within oneself", that means that it starts with the right "heart-attitude". And that comes from embracing and living the other parts of the Fruit of the Spirit.
- 1. what God prefers (love)
- 2. grace recognized (joy),
- 3. God's gift of wholeness (peace)
- 4. attitude of uncomplaining (longsuffering)
- 5. favorable attitude — that is serviceable (kindness)
- 6. beyond being good — doing good (goodness)
- 7. character of dependability (faithfulness)
- 8. power with reserve (gentleness)
- 9. dominion mastery (self-control)