If only...if only we could remove the wickedness from the "kings court" and have the same kind of security here on earth that God promises us in heaven. We may not be able to conform the world to the way we would like it to be, but we can allow God to purify us, so that we may have our eyes and our thoughts firmly set on where we are going.
These three verses speak to common sense living. That they are wise, is not in question at all. If everything in the world were black and white, these would be easy verses to live by. The problem we encounter is that we live in a world filled with shades of gray.
In our hearts, we long for a simpler life, but we cannot turn back time. Of course there is a line to be drawn between absolute right and absolute wrong or evil, but with all of the choices we have in this day and age, with all of the worldy seductions we face, it is sometimes hard to keep a godly perspective.
We struggle with our choices and we struggle with our relationships, and sometimes we hurt the ones we love deeply when we choose to follow a path we feel we have been called to.
Self control is the mastery of self. It is a life long battle for most of us...controlling our thoughts, our eating habits, and our emotions to name just a few.
There is a great danger in losing that self control, which is likened to a city whose walls are broken down. In the time when the book of Proverbs was written, the city walls were the first line of defense. If the walls were to be breeched, the enemy could rush in.
In the same manner, when we lose self control, we are giving ground to the enemy, and every inch of ground we relinquish takes us farther from what we truly desire.