Topic: Temperance [Wednesday 20, July 2016]
“Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:23 )
Another word for temperance is self-control. As you grow in your Christian life, the fruit of self-control should also grow with you. Joseph was looking at a very beautiful woman who posed nude and enticingly on her bed just to seduce him. Yet he controlled himself. Joseph was exercising self-control. Consequently he ended up in prison. A sad ending you may say but that is not the end of the story.
There is more than the present life. There is eternity to consider, particularly when you realize that decisions determine destiny. Do not hurry to take up appointment under questionable circumstances and thereby compromise your faith, without considering the fact that the choice you make and the things you hold in high esteem today determine or decide your tomorrow.
The fact that Joseph was unjustifiably imprisoned did not divert his focus from his dream. Later, he was promoted from prison to the palace as the Prime Minister of Egypt and both Portipher and his wife became his subjects. This should be encouraging to you today.
WORDS OF WISDOM: To starve the spirit of lust, overfeed yourself with the fruit of temperance.