The Fruit of the Spirit 10
1. "The fruit of the Spirit" consists of 9 characteristics listed in Galatians 5:22-23.
2. "Temperance" is the ninth of these special characteristics.
a. Temperance may be defined as "the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, especially
his sensual appetites."
b. Temperance is also known as "self-control."
c. Temperance is a sign of strength that pleases God (Proverbs 16:32; Romans 12:1-2).
I. THE BIBLE TEACHES CHRISTIANS TO PRACTICE TEMPERANCE
A. Jesus implied that His followers must practice temperance in Matthew 7:13-14.
B. Temperance is an essential part of Christianity (Acts 24:24-25).
1. (vs.24) Paul spoke to Felix about "the faith in Christ."
2. (vs.25) As he did so, Paul showed Felix that one must practice temperance to be a Christian.
C. Christians must practice temperance just as athletes (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
1. Athletes practice temperance to win "a corruptible crown."
2. Christians must practice temperance to receive "an incorruptible crown."
3. Temperance involves bringing our bodies into subjection to the Lord's will.
D. Temperance is also one of the Christian graces (2 Peter 1:5-7).
1. (vs.9) One who lacks these graces [including temperance] is blind.
2. (vs.8, 10-11) Temperance is one the graces that will help a Christian to remain faithful so he can
spend eternity with the Lord.
E. Temperance is required of all Christians; however, the Scriptures make special reference to the older
men (Titus 2:1-2).
II. THE BIBLE PROVIDES EXAMPLES OF TEMPERANCE BEING PRACTICED
A. Joseph practiced temperance when he refused to commit adultery with Potiphar's wife (Genesis 39:7-12).
B. Daniel practiced temperance when he refused to defile himself by eating the king's food and drinking
his wine (Daniel 1:8-16).
C. Jesus practiced temperance by refusing to give in to Satan's temptations (Matthew 4:1-11).
D. We learn from Joseph, Daniel, and Jesus that hiding God's Word in the heart is one of the keys to
practicing temperance (Psalm 119:11).