by Marvin D. Patterson

The Power of Wisdom in Self Control
Marvin Patterson
Proverbs 15:1-10

At a fabric store, a pretty girl spots a nice material for a dress and asks the male clerk: How much does it costs? ''Only one kiss per yard,'' replied the male clerk with a smirk. ''That's fine,'' said the girl. I'll take ten yards.'' With expectation and anticipation written all over his face, the clerk quickly measured out the cloth, wrapped it up, and then teasingly held it out. The girl took the bag and pointed to the old man standing beside her, and smiled, ''Grandpa will pay the bill.''

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We are continuing our study of the ways of the wise as compared to the ways to the foolish. Solomon, through the inspiration of God gives us so many life-changing principles here that we must slow down long enough to listen to, and examine what is being said and taught in this wonderful book. This morning we are going to see the power of wisdom in learning self-control. Would you life to be able to control the words that you say, and the thoughts that you think, and the actions that you perform in a better fashion, If so, you will benefit greatly from this chapter in Proverbs 15, which is power packed full of practical wisdom and guidance to help us live a life of victory and success! Notice a very important principle found in the first verse!


15 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Visiting the modern art museum, a lady turned to an attendant standing nearby.
''This,'' she said, ''I suppose, is one of those hideous representations you call modern art?'' ''No, madam,'' replied the attendant. ''That one's called a mirror.''

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A gentle reply has a way of diffusing a heated discussion that could turn into an argument, and even a pot throwing all out battle! Why is that? ...

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