A man who does not control his temper is like a city whose wall is broken down.
Patience is better than power, and controlling one’s temper, than capturing a city.
But if they do not have self-control, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with desire.
Then he washed his face and came out; and he restrained himself, and said, “Serve the bread.”
Joseph lived his entire adult life under the worst imaginable circumstances. However, he lived a life of self-control and saved his people and world at the time.
Christ lived in control His entire life. Yet He never demonstrated His self-control more strongly than during His passion and crucifixion.
For you were called to be free, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.
Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
I thought: The Philistines will now descend on me at Gilgal, and I haven’t sought the Lord’s favor. So I forced myself to offer the burnt offering.”
Saul gave in to his fear and desire for personal power.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.