"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."
(Galatians 5:22-23 KJV)
"Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand."
(Philippians 4:5 KJV)
"Temperance" is one out of the group called "Fruits of the Spirit" that is given by the Holy Spirit so you are leaning on God. So it is important to know what it means and how it can be used for Our Awesome God's glory.
A good dictionary definition of "temperance" would be self-control in all one's feelings, desires or actions by using one's own will. But "temperance" in the KJV Holy Bible includes self-control and also indicates a mastery or complete control of yourself with help from the Holy Spirit. So while the word "temperance" can be referring to someone not consuming liquor (1 Peter 4:3-4), it can include much more than drinking.
In fact, the concept of temperance should have an effect on every aspect of our lives as we work hard to control our thoughts, words and actions for Our Awesome God's glory. Paul put it this way, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" (2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV).
True temperance means we must be guarded in our speech for Our Awesome God's glory. We must watch what we say when we are angry because anger often causes people to accuse others of that which sober thought would tell us was unjust and untrue. Even exaggeration in speech is intemperate.
Temperance (self-control) is admired by most people and can be used in Our Awesome God's ministry to help others to become more Christ-like while on earth. It is a wonderful example of what Christians should be.
Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we love others while preaching and teaching from our Holy Bible about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Our church has a Bible Study at 9:30 AM on Sunday and Worship Service at 10:30 AM and then at 6:00 PM there is another Bible Study and AWANA for children. We have Prayer Requests at 7:00 PM followed by a Bible Study on Wednesday evening. We love visitors! God bless!
Flo & Bill