Proverbs 25

Verse 15 - "With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone."
Persuasion and force don't usually go together.  When someone gets pushy with you, you tend to raise defenses.  Patience and soft answers work better than repetition and "I told you so's."
Jesus was very patient in His teaching to people who misunderstood and rejected His message.  He kept coming back with repeated warnings and did not lose control in anger.

Verse 28 - "A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls."
Self-control is a defense against many losses.  Indulgence of pleasure leaves you open to financial and moral ruin.  How are your city walls doing?

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