What is the purpose of walls around a city? The most obvious answer is for the purpose of protecting a city from marauders. However there is another purpose behind walls, that is, boundaries.
Many people build "invisible" walls around their person so they can keep others at a confortable distance: physically and emotionally. Yet, what happens when a person does not have appropriate walls/boundaries for themselves?
People who drink alchohol or take drugs are primary examples of someone who lets down their boundaries; i.e., feels "more open" with their feelings. These people become more willing to do, or say, things they wouldn't normally say or do because of their lack of self-control.
Self-control is essential when dealing with people and personal emotions. Without self-control the chances of acting in a way that puts "your city" in jeopardy becomes reality.
What helps your city/boundaries/defense/self-control remain intact? Sleep? Healthy lifestyle? Forgiving others? Not being drunk on alchohol? Proper nourishment? Godly living through Jesus? Maybe, all of the above?
Be a person of self-contol and keep your boundaries in check. This may allow you to be a better example for Christ to others.
The Lord's humbled . . . John A. Reeves