Like a city that is broken down and without walls [leaving it unprotected] is a man who has no self-control over his spirit [and sets himself up for trouble].
— Proverbs 25:28 (AMP)
People often say that they have no self-control, but if they are Christians, that is not accurate. God has given us the power and ability to control our thoughts, words, and actions. We are not to try to control other people, and we cannot control all of the circumstances in our lives, but we can control ourselves.
Self-control is actually a fruit of the Spirit-led life (see Galatians 5:22–23). If you have a tendency to want to control the people and circumstances in your life, ask God to help you control yourself instead. The more we exercise self-control, the easier it will become to do it.
When a circumstance is unpleasant or even downright painful, exercise self-control. Pray right away, asking God to help you control yourself and have a godly response to the situation rather than an emotional one.
Prayer of the Day: Father, please give me Your grace to live a life of discipline and self-control—one that is guided by Your Holy Spirit instead of my own fleshly desires.