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Self-control works from the inside out. It helps us to keep our cool and not go crazy!
Most of us probably learn about self control when we don’t have it and we get in trouble for being out of control. Like, when you get mad at your sibling for breaking your game and you hit them. Or, when your Mom catches you sneaking candy when you were told to wait until after dinner. Those are examples of a lack of self-control. When we have self-control, it means we’re in charge of our thoughts, words and actions. We don’t just react however we want. We remain calm and choose the right way to respond. Self-control is hard. It actually takes more strength to hold back than it does to just react in a moment. That’s why God doesn’t leave us to figure out self control on our own. He gives us a helper. The Bible says that when we trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes and lives in our hearts. The Spirit helps us to say “Yes” to the things that honor God and “No” to the things that don’t. In fact, the Bible says that the Holy Spirit will grow the fruit of self control as well as other fruits like joy, patience, and kindness in our hearts. So kids, next time you want to do something in anger, stop yourself and remember self-control. God will help you!