Friday, January 09, 2015

Temperance (Self Control)

Temperance- 1. Moderation; particularly, habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence; as temperance in eating and drinking; temperance in the indulgence of joy or mirth. temperance in eating and drinking is opposed to gluttony and drunkenness, and in other indulgences, to excess. 2. Patience; calmness; sedateness; moderation of passion.

Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 We all need to learn more self control with our cell phones and ipods. Putting them down and having real life connections with people, face to face. Praying more and reading our Bibles more and using our cell phones less.

God rewards your self-control. Look at Joseph. While he spent a number of years in prison and as a slave, eventually he rose to the highest appointed position in Egypt and even found his family once again. God will eventually reward your self-control. You just need to have some patience. Sometimes when we get frustrated with situations that involve others, we have a tendency to say hurtful things, before we really think about what we are saying. At times it is difficult for us to be careful with our words, this is when  we need God’s help. God can help us control our tongues; we need to trust God to help us in this area. 

Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
Prov. 12:15-16 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.”

Speaking too hastily is like a tube of toothpaste. Once you squeeze it and the toothpaste comes out, there’s no way to put it back in. The words out of a fool’s mouth are quick and it’s too late to do damage control as the damage has been done.

The believer’s testimony speaks the loudest about how we walk with the Lord. We can blab all we want, but our actions will reflect whose fruit we are displaying – the fruit of the Holy Spirit or the fruit of the world (the devil’s fruit).  The more a Christian is in the Word and applying it to their life, the more they will exercise that muscle of self control. It does not come over night – it comes with much practice. The world thinks that it’s good for you to speak your mind. However, the Lord thinks differently.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. Isaiah 55:8