Temperance: Fruit of the Spirit
Temperance means to restrain from or be absent from
Through out the word of God men and women alike have been tempted. Some gave in and some refused. In every case there is a lesson to be learned.
The Bible talks about sexual restraints. In the book of Ezekiel 18th Chapter it is a sin to look upon your neighbors wife in that manner or to touch a women during her menstruation. Intimacy should not be. Even for husbands and wives to restrain themselves from each other as to fasting.
Restraints from strong drinks: Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is thereby is not wise. Proverbs 23:20-21 Be not among winebibbers, among riotuous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the gluttons shall come to poverty and drowsiness shall clothes a man with rags.
Temperance with food: Proverbs 23:2 When sitting down with a ruler consider diligently what is before thee. Put a knife to thy throat if thy be a man of great appetite. It is not wise to sit and eat at every table. This saying goes spiritually and naturally.
We must be temperance even with our words that come from our mouth:Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Proverb 4:24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. I Thessalonians 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with you own hands as we command you. Even so the tongue is a little members; and the tongue is a fire a world of iniquity so is the tongue among our members that it defileth the whole body and setteth on fire the course of nature. James said out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren these things ought not so to be.
It is my prayer for each of us that we let God have his perfect way in our lives and that we let the fruit of the spirit dwell in us. Peace my Royal Sisters.
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