Practicing Self-Control

Hard to maintain our path when we lose self-controlRecently I was driving around town and some guy suddenly cut in front of me in order to turn into a driveway. No warning, no signal, nothing. I had to hit by brakes to keep from slamming into him. Well of course, I muttered some choice words and phrases at him, talking about his skill, his parents, his entire ancestry, and then I caught myself and stopped. For a moment there, I had lost all self-control. So I got to pondering my outburst and I realized that all around me I hear and read stuff from folks who have no filter, they just blurt out whatever they want to say and there seems to be less and less self-control practiced by folks today.
How can we begin to exercise self-control? To me the key is watching what we say, how we say things, and when we say things. In Proverbs chapter 10 verse 13 “On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found, But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.” The key word there is discerning, in other words, thinking about what we are going to say before we say it is a great way to maintain self-control.

Why is it important that we practice self-control? Further in Proverbs in chapter 13 verse 3 “The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” Think about that for a second, since we do live in a world were words now speak louder than actions, and people seem to be always on edge, it doesn’’t take much to insight another to violence. We read stories almost every day of someone getting into an argument and then shots are fired and a life is lost. Can you imagine if you lose self-control and are shot over your words? Think about those you wold be leaving behind, the lives that are changed forever; all because you didn’t practice some self-control.

And if you call yourself religious or spiritual or a Christian, then heed the words in James chapter 1 verse 26 “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.” I hear it all the time, especially among politicians, they call themselves Christians and then they resort to name-calling, angry outbursts and just displaying a complete lack of self-control.
We can all do better in our lives, we can all be an example for the young and the not so young, simply by practicing a little self-control.

I hope you have a blessed day. Peace y’all

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