HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” (Proverbs 16:32).
Temperance is true self-government. It involves the grace of self-denial and the spirit of a sound mind. It is that poise of spirit that holds us quiet, self-possessed, recollected, deliberate, and subject ever to the voice of God and the conviction of duty in every step we take.
Many persons have not that poise and recollected spirit. They are drifting at the impulse of their own impressions, moods, the influence of others, or the circumstances around them. No desire should ever control us.
No purpose, however right, should have such mastery over us that we are not perfectly free. Pure affection may be an inordinate affection. Our work itself may be a selfish passion.
That thing that we began to do because it was God’s will, we may cling to and persist in ultimately, because it is our own will. Lord, give us the spirit ever controlled by Thy Spirit and will, and the eye that looks to Thee every moment as the eyes of a servant to the hands of his master. So shall Thy service be our perfect freedom and our subjection most divine liberty?
This action calls for total obedience and dedication to the service of your Master. It is something born in your spirit that will bring you and keep you into subjection. This has nothing to do with the popularity of your friends. This is a full commitment to God as an individual.