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DECEMBER 6

 

 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls—Prov. 25:28.

 

 The battle with self is the greatest battle, and we have the Lord’s word for it that he that “ruleth his spirit [his own mind, will] is better than he that taketh a city,” because he has to that extent learned to exercise the combativeness of a true character in the right direction, in self-control. It is after we have had considerable experience in battling with sin and selfishness in ourselves, in casting the beam out of our own eyes, in subduing anger, malice, hatred and strife in our own hearts and flesh it is then, and by means of this severe battle and experience, that we shall be prepared to assist the brethren, and to assist our neighbours in their difficulties to help them to overcome their besetments and weaknesses.

 

 

Parallel passages: Psalm. 116: 11; Proverbs. 14: 29; 16: 32; 19: 2; 21: 5; 23: 2; 25: 8; 29: 20; Eccles. 5: 2; 7: 9; Luke 14: 26, 27; Romans. 8: 12, 13; 13: 14; 14: 1—15: 5; 1.Cor. 6: 12; 8: 13; 9:12, 15, 18, 19, 23, 25-27; Col. 3: 5; Titus 2:12; l.Peter.4:1,2;  2. Peter.1: 6.