FOR SELF-CONTROL

Lord Jesus, please, infuse me with self-control. Instruct me to think before I speak. When I am about to say negative, hurtful or disparaging words to someone, please set a guard over my lips before words rush out of them. Guide me to remain silent or only speak up from a place of love and understanding. Please, enable me to deal with my emotional reactivity and guide me not to act in ways I might regret. Teach me not to react badly and to replace defensiveness and animosity with understanding. Guide me to stop behaving in hurtful ways and not to take action until I am able to act through the heart and respond with love. Please, help me forgive myself for all the times I have disappointed those who love me, those I wearied and harmed. Teach me not to hurt anyone, especially those who love me. Infuse me with your kindness, selflessness and generosity in love. Amen