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From the Preacher’s Pen: One Who Rules His Spirit


“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city” (Proverbs 16:32).

The above scripture is referred to as a value statement. It is one that we should carefully heed, as the values it espouses are those of the Holy Spirit. Which is better: One who rules others? Or one who rules himself? God says one who rules himself!

History is littered with men who because of strong passions, inherited privilege or physical dominance have found themselves rulers over others. However, their inability to control their own spirit has led to both their own demise, and also the ruin of their domain. It is far better to be of humble means and in control of your passions and tongue.

Self destructive behavior has obvious consequences: the loss of influence, health, position and respect. However, we are most concerned with the spiritual consequence that accompanies the physical. One who allows his passions to rule his behavior is spiritually vulnerable. “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish (Galatians 5:17).

May each of us add to our faith, the attribute of self-control (cf. 2 Peter 1:6). It is only then that our calling and election can be made sure.

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