Fruit of the Spirit, Self-control

A City Without Walls

Proverbs 25:28

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

Do you struggle with self-control? When the bible talks about temperance it is mainly in regard to the passions and desires of the flesh; things that are evident like sexual immorality, idolatry, jealousy, rivalries, drunkenness (Gal.5). There is also anger, malice, slander, obscene talk and lies (Col.3). All these things are in direct conflict with the Spirit and completely hinder our relationship with God.

I chose the verse from Proverbs because it spoke to me visually. A city wall was built to protect everything within it against invaders and enemy attacks. There are lots of cities around the world that still have those walls; tall, thick, fortified walls. The stronger the wall, the greater the defence and those inside felt safe and secure.

The enemy is looking for the weak part of the wall in your life, for a crack in the mortar or a little subsidence in the foundation. Any little gap will do. Maybe you look at those passages mentioned above and think, ‘I don’t worship idols, get involved in sorcery, get drunk or commit adultery and I don’t really envy anyone else’s life’. That’s great but what about spending money, do you have a handle on that? Is your temper under control and do you have a good rein on your tongue?

Self-control covers every aspect of our lives and we all have pitfalls, so never become complacent. Keep yourself in check, talk to God about those things that you struggle with and let the Holy Spirit strengthen you from within.

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