Posted by: Larry Hoekman | May 25, 2016

Proverbs — Proverbs 25:23-28

Day 2378: My pastor has fought a long battle with cancer and is in need of prayer now!

Scripture:  As surely as a north wind brings rain, so my gossiping tongue would bring angry looks.  It would be better for me to live on the corner of the roof than share a house with a contentious woman.  Good news from a far away land is like cold water to a weary soul.  If I compromise with the wicked, it is like polluting a well or muddying a spring.  It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it good for me to seek my own glory.  If I lack self-control, I am like a city whose walls are broken down.  Proverbs 25:23-28

Thoughts/questions:  If you’ve ever seen a beautiful clear creek, drank the water, and then walked in the stream, you immediately realize the impact you made on the water.  Being able to see through the water and enjoying its clarity is gone.  The water is muddy, certainly not drinkable, and it takes a good deal of time for it to become clear again.  Compromising muddies the water of your life in a similar fashion!  Stay pure, no compromise!!

When the walls of a city were broken down, anything and anyone could come in.  We are similar in this as well!  Without self-control, we lose our first line of defense.  Self-control, a fruit of the Spirit, keeps so many things away from us that when it has become our habit, we often don’t realize what it has protected us from.  Consider living an hour without any self-control – disaster.  The more control, the more protection!  The more protection, the more peace!  Seek the fruit of self-control!

Suggested Prayer:  Lord, help me to have more self-control so that I never compromise . . .

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