Enemies And Personality Weakness
Dr. Joe Temple

Introduction

Open your Bibles to the book of Proverbs, please, as we continue our study in chapter 25. We have suggested to you that we follow the divisions of the book which are naturally presented, and this section we are referring to as Unrelated Comparisons . Look at Proverbs, chapter 25, verse 1:

Proverbs 25:

1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

You should be able to recognize in our reading of the chapter the reason we have suggested to you that the chapter is full of unrelated comparisons. The comparisons are there, but they are unrelated one to the other, so we have a whole series of them presenting truth that is very practical to everyday living.

We have discussed with you thus far The King And His Kingdom , the subject of litigation, the matter of similes, the subject of forbearance, and the subject of inconsistency in the lives of believers. We now want to think together about the subject of enemies, as the subject is presented in this portion of the Word, and if we have time, the subject of personality weaknesses.

Let me emphasize again the reason that we present the matter as unrelated comparisons is the truth that we are to learn regarding enemies as presented in the form of comparisons. The truth we are to learn in regard to personality weaknesses is illustrated by comparisons, but there is no relationship between the subject dealing with enemies and the subject dealing with personality weaknesses.

Glance with me at verse 21 so that we might refresh our minds as to what is presented to us about our enemy. The words sound very familiar, and if you are not careful in your reading of them, you will find yourself reading them as the Lord Jesus Christ stated some words about this particular subject, but what He said was not exactly the same. Notice:

Proverbs 25:

21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

Let me establish at the very outset of our discussion that when we are using the word enemies here, we are not speaking of the opponent that is fighting us in a national war. We are not speaking of enemies as in countries at war. Let's emphasize that at the very outset. We will verify it in a moment, but the reason that I want to establish that is that some individuals used this passage of Scripture and those that are similar to it to justify aiding and abetting the enemy in the Vietnam War. Some individuals who expressed their Christianity loud and long justified loading boats with supplies for North Vietnam by saying that we should feed our enemy and we should give our enemy drink when he is thirsty. This word enemy , I repeat, has nothing to do with the opponent in times of national warfare. Rather, the word enemy comes from the Hebrew word sane , which means “one who is hated,” or “one who is odious.” Perhaps you recall that in our last lesson we saw the use of this very word and, in noticing the manner in which it was used, we established the fact that we are not speaking of a national relationship, but a personal one. For example, look at verse 17:

Proverbs 25:

17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.

Don't impose upon the hospitality of your neighbor, we emphasized on our last lesson. If you do he may hate you. This is a relative word. It is a personal relationship. We are told in Proverbs, chapter 30, verse 23, you are odious to the person upon whom you impose:

Proverbs 30:

23 For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.

The word odious does not refer to odor or to a woman who smells bad. It is the translation of the Hebrew word sane , and it speaks of a woman who is difficult to get along with. When a woman, set in her arrogant, stubborn ways, marries, there is trouble on the earth because the wise man said that there are four things that disquiets the earth, four things which it cannot bear. One of them is an arrogant, stubborn woman who marries. So you see that when we speak of our enemy in the manner in which we are speaking of it here in the text, we are not speaking of someone whom we are fighting in national warfare.

Going back to Proverbs, chapter 25, there is no justification to say that we should feed and care for our enemies and provide them ammunition which they can use to shoot back at us. Look again at verse 21:

Proverbs 25:

21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:

Notice, verse 22, please:

Proverbs 25:

22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

The act of kindness described in this passage of Scripture—feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty, and thus heaping coals of fire upon his head—has usually been interpreted as making him feel really bad, as sort of getting even with him in a nice way. Instead of beating him over the head because he is your enemy, accomplish the same thing by feeding him and giving him drink and making him feel bad. I say that this is the usual interpretation of the portion that we have before us, and I think that the reason it is usually interpreted in that fashion is that most of us are given over to pride. We like to get around the obligations that are presented in the Scripture in various ways.

I would like to suggest to you that the phrase, heap coals of fire , suggests an entirely different thing, for the word heap comes from the Hebrew word chathah , which means to pick up fire”—pick up fire for the individual concerned. Any Hebrew would know exactly what the wise man had in mind because he would recognize exactly what was the custom of Old Testament practice. When an individual came to the tabernacle, the high priest, recognizing that he was enemy of God and friend, would pick up coals of fire from off the altar, pass them over the head of the individual, thus indicating forgiveness, thus indicating love.

The suggestion is not that you feed the individual so you will make his head burn and thus make him feel bad; it is rather in a spirit of forgiveness to your personal enemy. You feed, you meet his needs. That this is the interpretation is indicated by what you read in Romans, chapter 12. The Apostle, in Romans, chapter 12, quotes this very passage of Scripture with the exception of the last line, and when you find the context in which he quotes it you realize that what I am saying to you is so. Notice verse 19:

Romans 12:

19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

The emphasis is based upon love. Because of the love of God shed abroad in your heart as a believer, you have every liberty to leave whatever chastening necessary for anybody in the hands of the Lord.

Go back to Proverbs, chapter 25, for there is yet another statement in the verse that is worthy of our consideration. There are two ideas that have been misinterpreted and misapplied. Notice verse 22:

Proverbs 25:

22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

That last statement, “the LORD shall reward thee,” is usually interpreted in a way that ministers to our pride. We are so forgiving. We hold no grudge, and what is going to happen? The Lord is going to reward us, and we will have a crown a little bit brighter than anyone else has because we are this kind of people. I say this is the fashion in which the statement is usually interpreted, but I believe it to be erroneous, and I believe that it misses the point. The reason that I think so is that the word reward comes from the Hebrew word shalam, which is translated in a number of different ways in the Scripture. For example, it is translated by the word peace in the book of Numbers, chapter 6. Turn to this chapter and notice the paragraph beginning with verse 24. It is described as Aaron's priestly blessing:

Numbers 6:

24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Notice the last word in verse 26. That is the same word as the word reward when Solomon said in Proverbs, chapter 25, verse 22, “the LORD shall reward thee.” What he was actually saying was, “The LORD shall give thee peace.” I want you to pause for a moment and think about that, for this is true. The Word of God tells us that the root of bitterness oftentimes can spring up in the heart of an individual and thereby many people be defiled. When you find in your own heart a spirit of unforgiveness, more damage is done to you than is done to the person whom you find it difficult to forgive. Forgive the individual who has treated you ill. Heap coals of fire upon his head and the Lord will give you peace. It is amazing the peace that you enjoy when you realize that no longer do you have to be concerned about getting even with anybody.

This word shalam is translated by the words pay again in the book of Proverbs. Turn back to chapter 19, verse 17, where you will find the Spirit of God emphasizing the very truth that we are talking about in other words and not just in the manner of the use of the word to which we called your attention. Notice verse 17:

Proverbs 19:

17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Do you notice the words pay again ? Those are the translation of this one Hebrew word shalam. So you see, it is not a matter of a reward; it is simply a matter of our God's never remaining in debt to any of us. Here he tells us if we will lend to the poor, He will pay us back. Of course, the reason that He uses the term, lend to the poor , is that if you give something to the poor, actually you are lending it to the Lord. You happen to be around with the money and the Lord says, “Lend me enough to buy him a meal, and I will give it back to you by and by.” You buy the meal. You have lent it to the Lord and the Lord pays it again. That is the idea that is given for the reward.

Notice Proverbs 20, verse 22:

Proverbs 20:

22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

Did you notice the word recompense ? It is a translation of our word, and that is what we are talking about when we are talking about reward. It is not that we are going to have a crown a bit more shiny than anybody else because we observe these suggestions; it is simply that the Lord will take care of us. We will never suffer by treating our personal enemies in the manner which is stated in the Word.

One other passage of Scripture I would have you look at for sake of emphasis for the meaning of the word is in Proverbs, chapter 6. The wise man likes to use this word:

Proverbs 6:

30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.

Did you notice the word restore ? That is our word shalam , and that is exactly what the Spirit of God was talking about in Proverbs, chapter 25, verse 22, when He said:

Proverbs 25:

22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

The Lord will give you peace. He will just pay you back again. He will recompense you. He will restore to you whatever you may have lost because you refused to get even with your enemy.

As we continue our discussion, I would like for you to notice another comparison unrelated to what we have studied up to this point, and which I have been pleased to designate Personality Weaknesses . You might find a better way to describe the content of this paragraph, but this seems to me to be an apt expression to describe it, for in the remaining verses of this chapter we are going to deal with the subject of personality weaknesses.

Backbiting

The first one is brought to our attention in verse 23. Notice:

Proverbs 25:

23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

The personality weakness that we are going to discuss with you at the moment is found in the word backbiting . Do you do any backbiting? That is a personality weakness, and a lot of folk are afflicted with it. As I ask you today if you do any of it, you may respond immediately, “I don't really know what backbiting is.” Folk usually think of backbiting as getting back at somebody. You say something and somebody says something back. What is said back is not quite as nice and what was said really wasn't too good, so things get out of control. But that is not the personality weakness that the Spirit of God has in mind here. This particular word backbiting is the translation of the Hebrew word cether , which is translated by the word secret more than it is by our English word backbiting . It refers to things that are said and done in secret. One use of it is found in Proverbs, chapter 9, verse 17:

Proverbs 9:

17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

You will notice the word secret there. It is a translation of our word cether. It suggests to you that the things you can do out in the open without violating any rules and nobody objecting to them, lose some of their allure; but that which is done in secret has some allurement that is unusual. Among people in the world marriage unfaithfulness seems to be the order of the day. As much as I hate to say it, there is some of it among the leaders, too. But in the counseling I have been privileged to do through the years, I have discovered that one of the reasons that men are unfaithful is the excitement that is related to it. Any sexual needs they have can be met at home and well met in many cases; but somehow there isn't the excitement about it that there is if they have to slip down the back alley like an alley cat and enjoy their bread in secret. This is what God is talking about here. God is talking about things which are done in secret.

Turn with me, please, to Psalm 101, so that we might complete our emphasis. Notice verse 4:

Psalm 101:

4 A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.
5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

Notice the phrase “privily slandereth.” That is a translation of this Hebrew word, which is translated by our English word backbiting . So you see, it is a matter of what is done with the tongue, a matter of what is done secretly with the tongue. That is the reason I call it a personality weakness.

Have you ever stopped to think how much you are willing to say behind someone's back that you are not willing to say to his face? I have had the experience of saying to individuals, “Would you mind going with me to that person and saying the same thing to them that you have said to me?” I usually do that when I have some reason to question the sincerity of the statement that has been made about some dear child of God. I have yet to receive an affirmative answer. I have yet to find an individual who is willing to do that very thing.

Go back, please, to Proverbs, chapter 25, verse 23:

Proverbs 25:

23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

There is the person with the backbiting tongue. How do you get rid of it? Get a real mean look on your face. Have an angry countenance, and it will drive away that backbiting tongue just like the north wind drives away the rain. Keep in mind when we talk about the weather in the Bible, you don't think about West Texas. You think about the area that the Spirit of God had in mind when the Bible was written. This verse has proven to be a problem to individuals because in the country where Solomon lived, the north wind didn't drive the rain away. It brought the rain. Individuals would read this verse and they would say to themselves, “Well, it is not quite right, but you can't have everything perfect.” It never occurred to them to examine the original meaning of the text and see if our translators, as fortunate as we are to have the King James Version , could not have made an error of some kind. When you examine the original text you find that the words driveth away actually come from the Hebrew word chuwl , which is translated by the words bringeth forth . So you see, the comparison that the Holy Spirit is pleased to make is not one that is in error. Look at the verse again and what do you read?

Proverbs 25:

23 As the north wind bringeth the rain: so doth an angry countenance bringeth forth a backbiting tongue.

We are kind of hard on the folk who have a backbiting tongue, but maybe the reason the backbiting tongue is there is the angry countenance that so many of us face. The manner in which this phrase, driveth away, is actually translated, is in Psalm 90. We read from verse 1:

Psalm 90:

1 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

Notice the phrase, brought forth. That phrase is the translation of our Hebrew word chuwl , which is translated driveth away . An angry countenance oftentimes brings forth a backbiting tongue, so perhaps instead of criticizing the individual with the backbiting tongue, it would be wise for some of us to ask God to make us conscious of our angry countenance. There are a lot of folk who have an angry countenance and they are not conscious of it. It might be wise to smile occasionally.

Brawling

As we go back to Proverbs, chapter 25, please notice verse 24, where we notice another personality weakness. We read:

Proverbs 25:

24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

The personality weakness to which we call your attention is the word brawling . This particular text speaks of a brawling woman, and there are some, but I would like to emphasize that we look at the word brawling and not limit our thoughts to the woman. I don't want to give the men too much comfort. There is a possibility for men to be brawling as well as for women to be brawling. The word brawling comes from the Hebrew word mdan , which refers to strife , and you see the reason that I say it is possible for individuals, men and women alike, to be engaged in strife. An illustration is found in Proverbs, chapter 10, verse 12:

Proverbs 10:

12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

You notice the word strife there. It is the translation of the Hebrew word mdan , which indicates someone's not doing a lot of yelling necessarily (yelling may be involved), but it is the individual's creating an argument.

As far as our text in chapter 25 is concerned, you will notice the emphasis is placed upon the brawling woman, and the statement is made by the man who had seven hundred wives, among whom were some brawling ones:

Proverbs 25:

24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

Oftentimes this phrase, a wide house , has been described by commentators as a palace or a mansion or a lovely home. It could have been, but it is not necessarily so, for the word wide is a translation of the Hebrew word cheber , which is translated by our English word company . I like that emphasis better because all brawling women don't live in mansions. All brawling women don't live in castles. Some of them live in rather inexpensive homes.

What is the Spirit of God suggesting here? He is saying that loneliness is preferable to company if the company means strife. It is better to be alone sometimes than it is to have a lot of company. I suspect that Solomon would have been glad to have surrendered some of his seven hundred wives for a bit of peace. If you read the story of his life, you know that he got into quite a bit of trouble with his marriages. I think in fairness to him, though, we ought not let you think that he was just a man who had an insatiable appetite for women. Actually, he didn't. He was a good politician. He discovered that one of the best ways to keep the men on the right and the men on the left, the men on the east, the west and the south on good terms was by marrying their daughters. They would think twice before they went to war with their daughter's husband. So he wasn't just a man with an insatiable appetite;he was just a good politician. He was doing what he considered to be a wise thing. Of course, we could emphasize that had he depended upon God, it would not have been true.

Neglect

Notice verse 25, please:

Proverbs 25:

25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

I have used the word neglect to describe this particular personality weakness. You do understand that everybody is not afflicted with all of these weaknesses. Conceivably, some of you have none of them. I use this word neglect because it appeals to me. It convicts me because this is an area in which I fail. I neglect to keep in touch with people like I should. I am not a good correspondent. I don't write letters like I ought to write them. There are a lot of people who would like to hear from some of you. Your letter would be to them as cold water to a thirsty soul. It would be like good news from a far country. Actually, this phrase, far country , literally translated is “a far home country.” Your loved ones far away—how long has it been since you have been in touch with them? They would like to have that good news from you that would be like cold water to a thirsty soul.

I know this has been used for an evangelistic text quite often to emphasize that hearing the Gospel is like cold water to a thirsty soul, but in the light of the context, it is a matter of personal weakness—neglect. You know, there is a tremendous ministry in writing letters. I always knew that Cricket had a ministry of that fashion, but I never realized the extent of it until after she went home to be with the Lord. People wrote to me from all over the country telling me about letters that she had written to them and what those letters had meant.

One lady told me that she was carrying the letter in her purse and had been carrying it for years until it was worn thin. I had a letter from Florida and the lady said, “ I have just spent the most wonderful time of joy and spiritual refreshment doing something that I thought would result in sorrow and tears. In all the years that Cricket and I have corresponded I have kept nearly every one of her letters. I thought once that since they conveyed the inner life of devotion to Christ of a truly sincere Christian better than anything I had ever read, they really ought to be published. They have meant much to me.” She enclosed two of the letters, and one of them was one of the best dissertations on how a Christian can know he is in love that I have ever read anywhere. It was written back in 1948 to this lady when she was a girl. She had written to Cricket and said, “I want to know how I can be sure that I am in love with this boy.” The answer was sent.

The reason that I give you this illustration is that when I speak of letter writing as a ministry, I am not talking about your writing a letter about the weather and the crops and what you read in the newspaper. I am talking about a ministry. I would suggest, to provoke your pure hearts and stir them up by remembrance, that you not be guilty of neglecting writing someone who may be thirsting for the answer. I confess as I have confessed to God, I am very negligent in this area, but you don't need to be.

A Poor Testimony

Another personality weakness is suggested in verse 26:

Proverbs 25:

26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

This particular weakness I am going to refer to as a poor testimony . Some of us don't have the testimony that we ought to have before the wicked, before the unbeliever. You notice again what we read:

Proverbs 25:

26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

I would like for you to notice that word falling down . It comes from the Hebrew word mowt, which is translated by the phrase, out of course . The suggestion is that the individual who is out of course is an individual who is a poor testimony. The phrase, falling down , the Hebrew word mowt , is translated by the phrase, out of course , in Psalm 82, verse 5. Speaking of the earth, the world, we read:

Psalm 82:

5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

This is a reference, basically, to God's judgment upon the earth at a future date, when the very foundations of the earth will be moved; but here we are told that a believer can be out of course and it is a tragic thing when he is out of course before the wicked; that is, as he walks to and fro in front of the wicked. Did you notice the comparison there in verse 26? He is as a troubled fountain and as a corrupt spring. A better translation would be “…as a dirty fountain and as a corrupt spring.”

Surely the application is simple enough for you to make. The unbeliever is looking to you. Are you a troubled fountain and a corrupt spring because of the way that you live, so that really the thirst of his heart and his life cannot be fully satisfied? If so, you are living a poor testimony before the wicked.

Vain Glory

The next to the last thing that I want to leave with you is a personality weakness that I have described by the words vain glory . It is presented in verse 27:

Proverbs 25:

27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

You will notice that the word glory comes from the Hebrew word kabowd , which means “to enumerate or to number.” We learned earlier in our discussion that if you ate too much honey, you are liable to vomit. There is nothing that nauseates me any more than a Christian who is enumerating, who is numbering the things which he has done for the Lord in order to bring glory to himself. This is a personality weakness.

Someone said in a colloquial proverb: “He that tooteth not his own horn getteth it not tooteth.” If you will stop and think about that, you will find that a lot of folk feel that way. They feel like they have to toot their own horn or nobody else will, but it is nauseating to God to enumerate your own glory and your own accomplishments. It is like eating too much honey, and there are all too many people who are doing that very thing today.

It always irritates me and sometimes I show it when somebody says, “How many people do you have in your church?” I always look at them and say, “I haven't the faintest idea.” They will say, “What do you mean?” and I say, “Just that. I do not have any idea.” They usually do not know what to say, and we don't have to pursue it any further than that.

You may misunderstand what I am about to say to you, but it makes me sick to hear people talk about how many decisions they have had in a meeting they have held somewhere. Who knows whether they had those decisions or not and what good were they if they had them? It is one of our weaknesses. We like to toot our own horn.

Self-Control

Let me suggest that you look at verse 28:

Proverbs 25:

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

This verse suggests to me another personality weakness that I have called no self-control . “He that hath no rule over his own spirit…” Why do I refer to it as no self-control? Because the word rule comes from the Hebrew word matsar , which may be translated by the words no control . We read: “He that hath no self-control over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down without walls.”

Here again, you must interpret the verse in the light of the area in which it was written. A city, in those days, had no walls about it. It was defenseless. It was open to any enemy that came its way, and if you haven't learned, I hope you will learn before too much more damage is done that if you have no self-control, you are as defenseless as a city without walls. You are capable of any danger occurring in your life.

I would like to add this one word for believers. I do not like to use the word self-control for believers. I do not like to suggest that they have self-control. Rather, I would suggest that they have Spirit-control, for that works a whole lot better. For even though you may be able to exercise self-control, if you are not controlled by the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit cannot be manifested in your life. You can't accomplish God's purpose for you.

Conclusion

If you have these personality weaknesses, confess them, and expect God through the control of the Holy Spirit to give you victory.


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