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Episode Info: taking in entertainment? And what type of entertainment? Do we spend too much time on our cell phones? The temperate person will use their leisure, free time, as a way to recharge, relax and reconnect with God. Do we use our leisure time as a way to kill time, to waste precious times that we could have used to acquire a virtue or gain happiness on God’s terms? Sometimes our leisure time can deplete us and make us less capable of pursuing true happiness because it is not focus with the right motives. Temperance also helps us have a correct self-image, the correct one is humility. Paul says in Romans 12:3, For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you Think of yourself in accordance with the faith God has distributed to you. So one negative side is thinking too highly, that is pride, where you think you are better than others. The other is thinking too lowly of yourself where it paralyzes one from doing anything because don’t think we are good or worth anything. The moderate view is that we are made in God’s image, thus worth a lot, enough for Jesus to die for us, but that we are also sinners and in desperate daily need of God’s power. This is called humility by being in the middle. In this state we are aware that all the gifts and qualities that I have are on loan from God and that we are to use them for his good. This way we are not prideful, thinking we are better than others, and are not fearful and thus don’t do anything. Temperance is acting and living out the middle way, humility. Alright, so that is a few examples of temperance and now let me wrap this up. Temperance is not letting our passions and pleasures control us, we are in control of them and thus can act rightly in all situations. Temperance helps us desire and act upon the things that are good while avoiding the evil actions. Being temperate is meant to draw us to God, to His ways, to His happiness he wants to give us. We live out our pleasures in correct moderation, from food, sex, to our emotions, to our leisure time to even the correct view of ourselves. Ask God for his help as Luke 11:9-10 says, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.” So ask, seek and knock on God’s door that he will give you the power and grace to live out these virtues.......
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