“A man who does not control his temper is like a city whose wall is broken down.” (Proverbs 25:28 HCSB)
What causes you to lose your temper? What buttons does someone have to push to send you over the edge and causes you to go “ballistic?” There are things we do (yes I have lost my temper before) when we are out of control that can be long lasting in its effect. Here’s a situation that happened to me. We had a Dodge Dart. The window on the passenger’s side kept falling off its track. I spend hours working on it. I took off the window crank (that was before I got a car with push button windows), the arm rest and the panel cover to expose the area I needed to work on. The simple solution was to put super-glue in the track then set the window back into place. The problem was not so simple. There was only a little space to work in so I had to struggle with the window to get it into the right place. I finally got it together, closed the window tight so the glue would set up, then I put back on everything I had taken off. I then shut the door at which point the window fell down making me have to go the whole process again. It was at that point I turned around and in my temper I kicked the door like a donkey. Needless to say, that action caused a big dent in the door. That’s just one example, I could have shared more but I will resist.
Look again at the verse above. It may sound a little strange because cities don’t build walls any more. But if you can remember the old western movies you watched where a fort had been built. One of the major things to do to protect the inhabitants of the fort was to build a wall around the compound. There would be one point of entry that contained the gate. When the gate was closed the fort was secured. The goal of the attacking enemy was to make a breach in the wall so they could gain the advantage and win the battle.
The same is true of our enemy, Satan. He is looking for the weak places in our wall. The goal of Satan is to apply pressure on our weakest place (our temper) to gain control over our thoughts and actions, such as kicking the car door. It is important to understand that dealing with our temper is a matter of self-control. Stepping back and counting to 10 is a good way to bring the situation under control.
Let me share two more verses from the Proverbs. “Patience is better than power, and controlling one’s emotions, than capturing a city.” (Proverbs 16:32) “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise person holds it in check.” (Proverbs 29:11) So let me encourage you and myself to build up that self-control so that the enemy can’t break through. The best way to gain self-control is to turn your life over to the Lordship of Jesus the Christ. It is only through Him that we have any hope for an abundant life. That’s my POINT for today.