Temperance

     Temperance means "self-control" and speaks of one who masters their desires and passions, especially their sensual appetites."  It is the habitual ability to resist the enticement of immediate pleasure and defer gratification in order to gain a greater good. Temperance enables a person to be moderate in all good things and abstinence from all bad and harmful things. The disciplined Christian avoids overeating, and if coffee, tea, or soda drinks have a grip on him, he kicks the habit. He refuses to be enslaved by tobacco in any form and carefully avoids use of tranquilizers, sleeping pills, or other pharmaceuticals, except where medically prescribed. He controls the time given to sleeping and if he is plagued by the problem of lust, he learns to expel impure thoughts, concentrate on a clean thought life, and keep busy with constructive activity. To him every addiction or besetting sin is to be conquered. (I. Corinthians 9:24-27), " Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway."

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