“If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.”
The Loud Mouth
Have you ever been around (or even been) that person who has to point out all the flaws? What about that person who gossips or cannot keep a secret? What about that person who just seems like a jerk?
Would you trust this person with a secret? Would you trust this person with almost any information? Would you want to hang out with this person?
Imagine for a moment (if you have to) that you are that person?
How would you feel if no one trusted you? How would you feel if no one wanted to be near you (at least for very long)?
What if you were struggling with something? What if you were depressed or in need?
That person – you – would have to bear that burden, and every burden, alone.
The person everyone wants around them is the one who is trustworthy, can keep your confidence, and is generally genial.
Some people do not like these people (such as loud-mouths, jerks, etcetera), usually because the one who is self-controlled and wise embodies everything they are not. They might assume that the self-controlled person is arrogant and conceited. (This happens with many Christians)
The benefit to be self-controlled, though, is that life can seem pretty good. You have friends who can help you. You have loved ones near you when you are in need in any way.
We could almost say you should be wise and self-controlled for your own good.
As a reminder, Jesus Christ is the Wisdom of God. Therefore, the only true way live a wise and self-controlled life is with Christ.
O Lord, Your way is the only way. Give us our self-control that we do not destroy ourselves. Send Your Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide us in all wisdom. Not only that we may benefit and even find eternal life, but that You may be glorified in our lives.