Gifts from the Heart, Not the Pocket-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and thanks so much for joining me for a little break and the final week of this series, which the more I think about, the more I’m convinced will be a part of the next blog book called, “A Cup of Home for the Day.” Grab your coffee and come on in.

Before we get started with the final gift, I just want to inquire how your holiday was. Did you make memories to savor for years to come, memories that will make your heart smile for a long time? I truly hope so and I would love to hear from you. Oftentimes in this writing journey, it feel somewhat lonely, like I’m writing for cyber space and don’t really know if anyone’s listening, so please, share with me your favorite Christmas memory you created this year. I also sincerely hope that this series has helped you keep it real and simple as we are nearing the end of this holiday season and getting ready to embrace a new year. Now, let’s go unwrap this last gift.

I think it’s quite telling that the last of the gifts is self-control. 🙂 Did you know that in translations of long ago, the word “self-control” was translated as temperance? The explanation for the word change is this: “The various gifts given by God” – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness – “to us are capable of abuse.” Now let me clear that up a bit! 🙂

The right use of temperance/self-control requires the controlling power of your will under the operation and guidance of the Holy Spirit. In other words, it’s a surrendering and letting go and letting God, just like we talked about in the gift of faithfulness. See, when trying to do something within our own power and not under His power, we are either going to run into ourselves or run out of ourselves.

Here’s another really cool thing to understanding self-control/temperance: When we exercise temperance/self-control, this is our response to HIS Spirit. It suggests, not assumes, that what is learned must be put into practice.

And finally, self-control/temperance is the outer protective layer of all the other fruits, aka, gifts! Just like all fruits have a protective layer, so do the gifts. Some protective layers are thick; some are thin; some are soft, and some are hard, but the point is they protect the sweetness of the fruit/gifts within.

I don’t know about you, but I think that is so divinely ordered!

Temperance to you, my friend, and join me tomorrow for some gift examples.



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