TemperanceSeries: Learning To Deny Self
God's word instructs us to be temperate. It is one of the "Christian graces" that is to be added as we grow in grace and in knowledge.
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance... (2 Pet. 1:5-6).
And every man that stiveth for the mastery is temperate in all things (1 Cor. 9:25).
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience (Tit. 2:2).
Passages like the above tell us that we can (and we must) control ourselves. Furthermore, they tell us that we can make ourselves do what we know we need to do. Once who says, "I kno I need to..." but doesn't, is not temperate. Temperance is a general principle that applies in many areas. Let's see the things that temperance is essential to and what life would be like without it.