“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like
a city that is broken down,
and without walls.”
Vices catch those who do not rule their spirits, for your spirit strongly influences your actions. If you do not rule your passions, you are weak and vulnerable to folly and sin. You can be taken over at most any time and led to ruin.
“Pride goeth before destruction,
and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
Pride will destroy you. God guarantees it. The sin of the devil, it is a sure sign a person is going down, no matter how powerful or successful they appear. Choose humility, and it will bring you honor. You have been warned.
“A talebearer revealeth secrets:
but he that is of a faithful spirit
concealeth the matter.”
Talebearing proves you a scoundrel. It is gossip, backbiting, whispering, and tattling. Slander is telling lies about another person, but telling truth that hurts them is just as bad. If you cannot say anything good, then be silent!
“A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not:
but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.”
Scorning marks you worse than a fool! A fool is mostly stupid, a scorner wickedly arrogant. A person that assumes he is right is worse than one seldom right. Do you love correction and those who give it? If not, you are a scorner.
“He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck,
shall suddenly be destroyed,
and that without remedy.”
Stubbornness is part of the sin of rebellion. Against human authority, it is bad enough; but against God’s instruction and warnings, it is fatal. It is a heinous crime that God will judge without warning and without recovery.
“Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe;
let her breasts satisfy thee at all times;
and be thou ravished always with her love.”
Pornography is an addicting and damning vice. God sees every act and thought of lustful discontentment, whether pictures of naked women for men or romance novels for women. Hate this vice and regain sexual happiness.