~ By Tracie Smith
People who exude a kind or quiet composure may not say much, yet have an air of calm deliberation. Their presence is comforting because they are temperate. In a world full of enticing indulgences, it is often necessary to find the middle ground. Temperance may seem boring on the surface, but it is the calm of a hurricane’s eye. All around are swirling winds, but in the center is a still calm point that brings everything into balance.
Temperance produces a spiritual beauty that overflows into the body. Intemperance hinders beauty. Intemperance cannot be found in kindness, generosity, or a gentle spirit. Moreover, empathy and an awareness of another’s suffering and needs are not noticed in lack of temperance. A love or desire of one’s self is the epitome of pride. Pride destroys every virtue including temperance. Pride begets disobedience and vainglory which is direct opposition to self-control.
Lord, help me to be more like You. Help me love the sinner yet not become a sinner. Allow me to use Your Spirit to avoid temptation to every enticing thing this world may offer. Help me to control every thought, attitude, and action. Help me control my spiritual desires and my physical desires and actions. I desire to manifest the fruit of Your Spirit including temperance in every area of my life.