Proverbs 25:28 (NLT) –
“A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.”
In ancient times a city’s walls were its greatest defense. Without walls the inhabitants of the city had no protection. Enemies could move in freely to attack.
Self-control is one of those virtues that gets overlooked but is so important.
A synonym for self-control is aplomb. Not the most used word but its definition gets to the heart of what self-control is.
- imperturbable self-possession, poise, or assurance.
To be in possession of yourself, your emotions, and your reactions protects you just like a wall protects a city. Letting go of control makes you wide open to the temptations from the world, your flesh and the devil.
Self-control may be an overlooked virtue but it’s a fruit of the Spirit that’s necessary for us to display.