Attitudes – Temperance (8)
“Too much of a good thing is no good” Have you heard it said to you?
Eating, watching TV, indulging on the computer, wasting time(versus leisure),
being too close for comfort, spending money with gay abandon as if it is free and beyond your means, disciplining children beyond loving, speeding on the highways beyond speed limits, overworking, becoming too thin or too fat .. and so on including extremism in faith that disrupts, becomes illogical and senseless in action and practice, and not becoming to the child of God.
Temperance = moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control.
We must abstain from sin and give no excuse for moderate or temperate indulgence. These would include adultery, sexual sins (so rampant today even by the highest in society and royalty), corruption, illicit drugs, alcoholism, stealing, covetousness , jeolousy and you know what else is not good for us in God’s sight which we should not even be involved in and must resist and flee from!
Without temperance we lose balance, lose control and become unsafe for good – ours, other’s and our relationship with the Lord.
We need to ask the Lord for wisdom and discernment everyday to know what we need and must resist and flee from and what can be partaken but with balance. We ignore God, our families, our friends, brothers and sisters iin the Lord, colleagues when we become unbalanced. We do not follow rules and become even non compliant with the laws. We may attract unnecessary trouble, become addicted and may need other’s assistance to become temperate again.
Temperance must apply to every area of our lives – spiritual, mental, physical, relational or social and must affect our love to God, our loved ones saved and unsaved.
We want to please the Lord and glorify His Name. We want to give Him our best so let us be temperate and wise and keep close to Him.
We must take care of our bodies and reputation and in Romans 12:1,2 Paul writes
12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Yes, sometimes it is easy to be intemperate when all around us are being intemperate.We must stay grounded in the Word and not be influenced by loose-living which predominates the compromising world. We must present our bodies to the Lord in an acceptable fashion and with transformed minds (not worldly or of the flesh) born of the grace and mercy of the Lord and controlled by the Holy Spirit of God.
Let us not be conformed to this world but be transformed. In all let us be holy for Him… set apart not pursuing the things of the world, in the ways of the world.
Dear Father, sanctify us and transform us to be more like You, holy and set apart from the things that would draw us away from you, beyond control and going in the way of the flesh. Help us, purify our hearts, cleanse us from our sins deep within, empower us and keep us safe and holy before You and help us to do Your will. We want you to be proud that we are Your children. In Jesus Name. Amen.
This series Small Things, Great Impact is to identify everyday seemingly little things which have great impact on my life. Perhaps nobody but I and the Lord kinow about them. They have their rewards or denials. I am sharing with hope to help someone weaker in the Christian life and to improve if others have more to share from their beliefs and experience.
J – Jesus
O – Others
JOY Jesus first, Yourself last and Others in between.