Proverbs 25:8 ESV says that “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” In other words, when your defense structures and protection have been demolished. Any and everything can enter you and destroy you.

What is Self-Control? The Oxford Language dictionary defines Self-Control as “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.” If you live in this cosmos called earth, surrounded by people, institutions and structures, now or later, people, systems, things and processes will poke your patience and emotions at every angle. The grace to be able to stay firm, calm and collected in all situations can only come from the Holy Spirit. It takes strength to remain quiet when the expected reaction is for you to scream and yell. It takes courage to be walking through the valley of the shadow of death and not topple out of balance. It just takes guts to live among people and still rise above everything they will throw at you. I look at self-control as holding a remote control to myself, pressing the buttons, managing my emotions and reactions and all situations.

That grace, courage or strength to keep yourself and emotions in check, only comes from God. So I pray for you as I do for myself daily, that the Lord will continue to pour His Spirit on your life and cause you to produce good fruits that will draw many to Him. I pray it is so and so it is in Jesus’ name. AMEN!


Lady Abena.