Proverbs 25:16, 1 Timothy 3:2-3 NIV 2011
If you find honey, eat just enough.
Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
The Old and New Testaments both reveal God’s desire for His people. The importance of self-control is woven into many Proverbs. Solomon knew the import of self-control as a tool in his quest to remain faithful to God. He offered using restraint and temperance in many situations. Paul gave Timothy instructions for those serving the Lord in the church. The overseers were part of the leadership team of Paul’s established churches. Titus 1:7, “Since an overseer manages God’s household.” God’s servants were to be above reproach. Titus 1:6, “An elder must be blameless.” Temperance and self-control guide God’s faithful servant leaders.
Merriam-Webster’s definition of temperance: moderation in action, thought or feeling; restraint. That word conjures up the temperance movement to abolish alcohol. Closer examination of God’s Word, I see being temperate involves being moderate not abstaining. When I began my final weight loss journey, I learned to be temperate with food. I didn’t need to give up anything but I did need to use self-control. God wants me to be temperate in every aspect of my daily life. Prayerfully temperance and self-control guide me as God calls me to serve Him.
Where is God guiding us toward self-control?
God’s temperate servants,