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verse 28: “Like a city that is broken into and without walls Is a man who has no control over his spirit.”

Among the comic books in my collection is an issue of The Brave and The Bold, featuring a team-up between Batman and Flash. 2 of their villains, Dr. Double-X and the Rainbow Raider, were used in a plan to take on the other’s arch-nemeses…Dr. Double-X would face Flash, while the Raider took on Batman. In the final battle between these four, while Flash found a way to overcome the electrical powers of Dr. Double-X’s double, the Rainbow Raider used his prisma-goggles to try and force overwhelming emotion on Batman (using yellow for cowardice, blue for sadness, red for anger). Batman just determinedly kept marching toward his foe; the Raider was perplexed, because even Flash had fallen to the power of his emotion rays. Batman (in that criminal-chilling voice of his) informed the Rainbow Raider that such rays were useless against a foe who had mastered controlling his emotions. He then proceeded to deck the Raider with one punch!

In the verse above, one’s spirit refers to one’s emotions. The Holman Concordance on Proverbs mentions in its passage on this verse that a man who has no control over his emotions will be vulnerable to an enemy who can control his (Chapter 17, page 198). It’s the same as trying to defend a city whose fortifications are in ruins; you have no protection. The devil loves to play havoc with our emotions (I saw that in the stands of a recent football game…it’s sad when students are behaving better than adults!) Remember, among the many fruits of the Spirit is self-control…and a very important fruit it is too!

Something to think about.

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