As defined in the dictionary, Self-control is the restraint of one's emotions, desires, or inclinations. I have come to realize that self-control is something that I must master. Despite prior lessons from my parents and readings in the bible, I still committed an action that was contrary to their teachings. I was not only being ignorant and disobedient towards my parents, but greatest of all, my Lord Jesus Christ.
"His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Thus, he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature. For this reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our lord Jesus Christ. For anyone who lacks these things is nearsighted and blind, and is forgetful of the cleansing of past sins. NRSV 2Peter 1:3-10
Therefore, by not restraining my emotions, to do violence towards another person, I rejected the beliefs instilled in me by the lord. My ill-advised actions led me down an unrighteous path of darkness; leaving me to face many consequences, such as writing a paper on self-restraint to having all my privileges taken away at home.
From a legal stand point; my actions could have landed me in more trouble. I was the individual who not only threw the first punch, but to throw punches all together. If this incident were taken directly to court, my defense would have been very weak. Eve