"A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls" Prov 25:28
Oh Lord our God, how precious is your word! Give us wisdom to really grasp the truths it teaches, bringing awakening and revival to our souls.
Have you ever seen a toddler throw a temper tantrum? - ugh! - everyone shouts a resounding: "Yes!". That is one aspect of having no self control, for a child, of course, that is perfectly normal as their brains are not mature enough to help them regroup. In the same way, we are faced almost daily with situations to which we just want to throw ourselves to the ground and wail. The Bible teaches us that such a person is like a city with broken-down walls.
Self-control: the ability to control oneself, in particular one's emotions and desires or the expression of them in one's behavior, especially in difficult situations.
In Galatians 5:22, Paul lists the virtues contained in the fruit of the spirit, and among them is self-control. These same virtues, when applied to our lives, prevent us from being dominated by our temperament and led by our emotions. We are to be led by the Holy Spirit instead. "For God has not given us a Spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-control" Self-discipline is a gift from God. It is produced in and through us by the Holy Spirit. This is not some unachievable attribute only granted to some. It is already there, we need to simply step into it. Having control over our will and impulses will free us from a lifetime of pain and guilt.
Therefore, let's draw near to Jesus everyday, allowing the Holy Spirit, who is in us, to control our emotions just like a parent helps regroup the wailing 3 year old.
May we seek Him diligently everyday!
These reflections are written by my mom, then translated and edited by me. But, sometimes, God changes the whole thing. 😊
Thank you mom, for being such a dedicated servant of Christ, and for the example of faith you show us each and every day.