Ⅱ Peter 1:5-8

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Self control seems like something so manageable at times, while other times using discipline and self control is thrown out the window when there is something we really want to have. Many people go on diets and do pretty well for the first couple of days, maybe even the first week, then come across something they know they shouldn’t have and give in to the pressure. Staying on a strict diet takes temperance.


Anyone can have temperance and learn to be disciplined. However, there is a difference between natural self-control and temperance as the attribute of God. Peter mentions the word “temperance” when talking about the stature of a perfect man; the word temperance means self-control. Peter says have diligence, enthusiasm, and earnestness to add to the foundation of your faith these attributes of God. You first must have faith; you cannot add temperance until you first have faith.


The Believer should never impersonate something they don’t really have. God will give a person filled with His Spirit the attribute of being able to keep your body in subjection. He will teach His children to be self-controlled. When it comes from God it won’t be something put on, it will come from the inside out.


Strive to add to your faith genuine temperance from the Spirit of God.


62-1014M - "The Stature Of A Perfect Man"

227  Now, if you got it like that, add it to your faith. If you still blow up and sass, and fuss, and stew, and carry on, huh-uh, you ain't got no… You can't add that, 'cause it won't add. See? It won't vulcanize. You couldn't take a piece of rubber, you know, and vulcanize it to a piece of iron. It just won't work. No, it's got to be flexible, just like the rubber is. See? And when your faith and your temperance becomes the same kind of Holy Ghost temperance that He had, then it will vulcanize with Him. You're added to it.
When your virtue is like His virtue, then it'll add to it.

228 When your knowledge is like His knowledge, "I come to do Thy will, O God." See? With the Father's Word, He defeated every devil. Heavens and earth will pass away, but the Word will not. See? When you got that kind of knowledge, it'll vulcanize with your faith.

229  When you got the right kind of temperance, like He had, it'll vulcanize. If you haven't, just a man-made halfway, soused-up belief, or temperance, "Oh, I ought to slap him down, but—but maybe I better not, 'cause they might put my name in the paper about it." That ain't the kind of temperance He's talking about. Don't try to add that. It won't work. But when you can really, with the sweetness from your heart, forgive every man, hold your peace, let it be gone, see, then it'll vulcanize. You can add that to your faith. Whew!


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