This admonition of the apostle Paul has special reference to the government of the passions. It stands in connection with a number of practical suggestions respecting the life and conversation of believers, and constitutes one of those terse, summary and comprehensive precepts, in which the writings of the inspired apostle abound. “By no means give place to the devil.” The Christian is required to stand on his guard, to watch against the encroachments of the adversary, and never to yield to his solicitations, or to his assaults. As the soldier of Jesus Christ, set for the defense and maintenance of the station entrusted to him, he is to hold it at any personal sacrifice, and by no means to give place to the devil. This is evidently the import of the text.