Self-controls is the proper direction of your energy. Emotion is a human trait, responsible for overtaking logical and controlled thought. Being a follower of Jesus means: (2 Corinthians 10:5-6) We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every (personal) disobedience, when your obedience is complete. Self-control involves aligning yourself with the will of God as a reflection of your savior. Your heart must be made clean in the Holy Spirit and your thoughts made obedient to Christ. Only then can you bring your actions and words into the light so that you might be recognizable as a child of God to those around you. If you act in a manor contrary to God, what distinguishes you from the lost souls of this earth who need to be guided toward the light of God? Being a follower of Jesus includes sanctification which is a transition toward holiness. Holiness is being set apart from the darkness as you reflect the light of your savior. This is only possible as you develop the self-control to work against your fallen human nature and the temptations of the deceiver.