A man without self control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
There was a horse who was the sole owner of a meadow. Then a boar came and wreaked havoc in the meadow. The horse wanted to get revenge, so he asked a certain man if he would help him carry out a vendetta against the boar. The man agreed, provided that the horse took the bit in his mouth so that the man could ride him, wielding his javelin. The horse consented, and the man climbed on his back but instead of getting his revenge, the horse simply became a slave to the man.
The moral of that story is, if the horse hadn’t been quick to anger, he wouldn’t have ended up being the slave to the human. It takes a lot of self control to suppress anger and a lot of maturity is involved. Even though its easier to let go of our control and do what comes natural, which is to get mad, the reward or outcome may not be what we want. It might seem to feel good at the time, to let out all of the anger but it may not bring the best outcome. Self Control comes from God because He can give us wisdom to handle the tough situations. And one more important thing about self control is that it takes practice. Asking God to give you peace and wisdom won’t mean that you’ll be able to handle your anger next time a bad situation comes around. It will need you to experience it and even sometimes fail at it. The first few times you may not succeed but ask God for patience and lots of practice, soon enough you will be a pro at managing your anger.
“Dear God, help me to have self control in my life. Help me to not lash out in anger but to deal with my emotions and the situations that I’m in, in a mature and logical way. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.”