What is your reaction to hard times? Do you allow your situations to determine your demeanor? It is natural to have emotions and react to the situations around us. When Jesus was on earth, he was angry, he wept, he was weary, and he rejoiced. Through all this, Jesus kept himself under subjection.
Proverbs 25:28 says, "He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls." If we understand the cities of the past, we know that their main defense was their walls. A city with well built walls could repel a great army with a much smaller amount of defenders. Our self-control is truly a defense against Satan’s attacks.
In John 2:15, Jesus is in the middle of overturning the money changers tables. He made a whip and began to drive the merchants out of the temple. He declared His Father’s house to be one of prayer, and not a den of thieves. In 2:16 though, we find something interesting. It says, "And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence;" Did you see that? Jesus drove out the animals, overturned the tables, but he told the merchants to TAKE the doves. Despite our Savior’s righteous indignation, He had self control.
You can stand up a table, and herd oxen again, but it would be really hard to catch a dove. Jesus knew this and acted in self control. Jesus was angry, but He was not in sin. He is the perfect example of Ephesians 4:26, "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:"
How about you? When you get frustrated, do you allow your anger to get the better of you? When you are in a tough situation, do you allow your circumstances to drag you into depression. I would like to challenge you, encourage yourself in the Lord. Our circumstances will influence us, but we should never allow them to control us. If you are in a tough situation, take your eyes off the world around you and look to Christ. He will give you to inner strength to walk in righteousness despite how your emotions entice you to act or think. If we control ourselves despite our emotions, God says that we are better than one who conquers a city.
"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city." – Proverbs 16:32