fruits of the Spirit...

Giovanna Garzoni (1600-1670)
Plate of Figs
h/t Art Knowledge News

I always found it curious that when St. Paul wrote to the Galatians (ch. 5, v22-23) regarding the fruit of the Holy Spirit, "self-control" was included:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control...

Now, I don't have too much trouble with more than two of the above (at one time, I suppose!), but the self-control thing? Gets me every time.

Why do you suppose self-control was added? Perhaps it was an after-thought, since it is listed at the very end of this scripture?

Do you also find that with anything else you pray for, if you pray specifically for one of the gifts, challenges come along for you to pony up in order to be an eventual recipient of said gift (sort of like, be careful what you pray for...)?

What say you?

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