Dear Christian educators,
What an analogy! Just picture what a city broken into and left without walls would be like in ancient times. Walls protected the people from invaders, wild animals and much more. Without walls, there would likely be no city. In our lives, no self-control is the sign of a broken life. Self-control affords us boundaries to keep us safe. Remember that it is a Fruit of the Spirit for which we can ask for help. It's not easy to have self-control, but so worth it for a life well-lived.
Each day during this season of Lent, I will post one verse and pray it with you. Consider saying the verse in your quiet time and praying it also. You may use the same prayer or try your own. Each day until Easter (except Sundays) there will be a new post that contains: a verse, a small reflection, a prayer using the Scripture and an image. Feel free to share the images because I made them with the Bible Lens app and took all the pictures. What a creative God we serve!
Proverbs 25:28 English Standard Version (ESV)
28 A man without self-control
is like a city broken into and left without walls.
As a Christian educator, we must demonstrate self-control in the classroom. We are a constant example to our students because they are always watching us. Being out of control is not an option in the classroom for the sake of the students. When a young student is out of control, it is very difficult to deal with them because they really don't know their boundaries. Modeling self-control and being merciful graces the students with hope. Students that are out of control are like the analogy in this Proverb - a city broken into without walls. May the Lord help us all to have self-control at school at all times.
Thank You for the Proverbs. The wisdom of Your Word never ceases to amaze me. Like a city broken into and left without walls is our lives without self-control. Lord, help me in the areas where I am weak and let the walls down. Send a double portion of self-control through Your Holy Spirit so that I may serve others more and they may see You in me. To You be all the glory because You are truly the only One with unlimited self-control. Thank You for Your gracious help. I ask for this in the tender name of Jesus. Amen.
Karen and the CIPE Team