Proverbs 25:28 (NLT)
28 A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.
In ancient to modern times walls have been used to defend cities from potential aggressors. The walls provided boundaries. Beyond their defensive nature they were important symbols of the status and independence the city held. As the proverb indicates a person without self-control is like a city whose walls are broken-down. They lack the boundaries they need. They have become defenseless against the battles of life. They have lost their independence because they no longer rule over their own spirit. Their self-esteem is broken down as their lack of self-control leads them places they do not wish to go.
In a Wall Street Journal Article by Alexandra Alter, she describes the life of a married man in a quiet suburb of east Phoenix. She describes his wife, Sue, watching television in the living room, as Mr. Hoogestraat chats online with what appears on the screen to be a tall, slim redhead. He's never met the woman outside of a computer game, a well-chronicled digital fantasyland with more than eight million registered "residents" who get jobs, attend concerts and date other users. He's never so much as spoken to her on the telephone; but their relationship has taken on curiously real dimensions. The woman he's legally wed to is not amused. "It's really devastating," says Sue Hoogestraat, 58, an export agent for a shipping company, who has been married to Mr. Hoogestraat for seven months. "You try to talk to someone or bring them a drink, and they'll be having sex with a cartoon." Mr. Hoogestraat plays down his online relationship, assuring his wife that it's only a game. While many busy people can't fathom the idea of taking on another set of commitments, especially imaginary ones, this game of second life and other multiplayer games are moving into the mainstream. With some 30 million people now involved world-wide, there is mounting concern that some are squandering, even damaging their real lives by obsessing over their "second" ones. It may be wise to follow King Solomon’s proverb. Establish boundaries, have self control, don’t let the walls of your life come tumbling down by following foolish and careless thoughts. Remember 1 Peter 5:8, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” When our faith is in God, our city is strong!We are surrounded by the walls of God’s salvation, Jesus Christ.