The last aspect of the Fruit of the Spirit that we want to consider in our series on this subject is temperance. We usually equate temperance with controlling our appetite when it comes to food and drink, especially drink. In reality however, it is much more than that. It reaches as far as our words, thoughts, desires, and emotions. Because we are prone to overindulge in all these area the Bible speaks much to us about temperance. Rom. 7:23-24, 1Pet. 2:11, Lk. 9:23. The more we exercise temperance the more we will be filled with the Holy Spirit of God. Eph. 4:18. Let’s look at four things about this.
- TEMPERANCE BEING CULTIVATED.
- By daily surrender to the authority of Christ in the word. 1Cor. 10:31.
- By using sound judgment from the Bible. Ps. 119:104-105, Prov. 6:23-24, Prov. 13:13-16.
- By our disciplining ourselves. 1Tim. 4:7-9, 1Cor. 9:24-27, Prov. 25:28.
- TEMPERANCE OF HEART AND MIND.
- The heart is the seat of our affections and it determines our course of action. Prov. 16:9, 23:7.
- The heart must be controlled by God’s grace. Prov. 4: 23-27.
- The heart and mind is fed through the eye and ear gates. 1Tim. 6: 9-11, James 1: 14-16, 2Cor. 10:5, Ps. 101: 2-3, Ps. 19: 13-14, Phil. 4:8.
- TEMPERANCE OF THE BODY.
- The physical house of the soul was created to enjoy life. Gen. 2:9, 1Tim. 6:17, 1Cor. 6:12.
- The physical house of the soul belongs to God. 1Cor. 6: 19-20, Rom. 12:1. Guard against Drunkenness and gluttony. Prov. 20:1, 23:29-32, Prov. 23: 1-3.
- Tobacco won’t send you to hell but it will make you smell like you’ve been there. It won’t keep you out of heaven but it might get you there faster. Regarding sexual self control, defend against the suggestivness of modern society. Our standard here is Heb. 13:4, 1Thess. 4:3-5, 1Cor. 6:18, Job 31:1, Matt. 5:28.
- TEMPERANCE OF OUR EMOTIONS AND SPEECH.
- Control feelings of anger and rage. Eph. 4:26, Prov. 16:32, 19: 11.
- Control feelings of resentment and self-pity. Heb. 12: 15, Eph. 4: 31.
- Control the tongue. Eph. 4:29, James 3:2, Prov. 13:3, Ps. 39:1.
CONCLUSION: The fruit of the Spirit is a thing we should desire to see in our lives every moment of every day. Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and Temperance are all things that add up to the divine presence of the Holy Spirit of God working in our hearts and in our lives. What if we awoke every day with a fresh realization of this working in us? Gal. 5:16, 18, 22-23, 25. AMEN.