King David, in a moment of temptation, gave up his self-control and committed adultery with Bathsheba. The consequences of this sin were far reaching (2 Sam. 11). Other Bible examples of those who failed to practice self-control include Eve (Gen. 3:1-6) and Achan (Josh. 7).
How many people suffer needlessly because they have not learned to master themselves? There is one source of help that could and would change us if we would simply follow its inspired teaching.
The Bible works on man from the inside out. One of the prominent teachings in the Scriptures is control of self. In the King James Version of the Bible we find the word “temperance”, which means “self-control”. “Temperance… means to hold oneself in; it is the opposite of letting go; it is the proper control of one’s thoughts and motives, one’s word’s, one’s habits and one’s deeds.” (Robert R. Taylor, Jr.).
Some who practiced proper self-control were: Joseph when tempted to commit adultery with his master’s wife (Gen. 39:7-9); Daniel in not defiling himself with the king’s food (Dan. 1:8); Paul who worked continually to keep himself under control (1 Cor. 9:27).
The following is a sample of things that could be overcome with proper self-control: Road rage, outbursts of anger, adultery, fornication, evil thoughts, gluttony, physical abuse, sexual abuse, evil speaking, etc. If all would curb harmful and sinful desires there would be a lot less suffering in our world today.
Temperance is listed among the fruit of the Spirit and the Christian graces (Gal. 5:23; 2 Pet. 1:6), and needs to be a part of every Christians life – of every person’s life!
“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city” (Prov. 16:32)
“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls” (Prov. 25:28).
“ 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” (1 Cor. 9:27)