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“And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity” (2 Peter 1:6-7)

Today, we are going to examine the word “temperance” and how it relates to the practical and biblical principles for “Spiritual” growth. In essence,“temperance” is a self-control ability. Temperance is defined as prudence; Self-discipline; Moderation; Patience; and Calmness. A person’s ability to restrain one’s self until the appropriate time for the greater. In the business world, it is called “decision-making” a key leadership ability in knowing the right time to implement a plan or new process, and competence in leading. It is your ability to exam a situation, use self-discipline, and resolve by controlling your own behavior for the best resolution. The “temperance” is a direct connection between “decision-making” in building relationships and “strategic alliances” to achieve goals.

In the context of the scripture, Apostle Peter left on record for all people striving to become effective leaders the importance of developing a temperance virtue to be successful in life. For instance, personally, I call this “When-To-Act.” It is the ability to exam a situation, refrain from a quick response or behavioral action, and make a greater difference at the appropriate time. Thought to ponder: Your “temperance” is the ability to transform yourself with discipline; Transform others by example and actions; and Discernment of the right time to move forward strategically. At this level, it denounces self-gratification for value in relationship building in progressive human sustainability. Keep in mind, not all relationships are for building, but stepping stones to success.

What lessons can be learned about “temperance” and “decision-making?” There are five (5) important lessons. Discovering the “Truth” in “Know” and “How.”

Lessons Learned About Temperance and Decision-Making:

  1. Know the right knowledge is beneficial for growth, but has boundaries. How will I develop personally using prudence? (Leadership Discipline)
  2. Know success is not only determined by planning, but building a “temperance” virtue character to build productive and impactful relationships. How will I manage my own behavior and character to build effective relationships? What resources will I use? (Teamwork/Relationship Building)
  3. Know invoking Godly wisdom in “decision-making” in life is far greater than worldly wisdom. How will I surrender my life to receive wisdom from God to make the right decisions in obedience? (Humility Trait)
  4. Know “temperance” is an act of patience in the ability of discernment in the right timing with endurance that transforms a person for the best, greater, and excellence. How will I plan to transform to make an impact from this experience? (Transformational Leader Trait)
  5. Know “temperance” will lead to godliness acts of kindness and love in “decision-making.” Conformity to foundational just laws according to the Holy Bible relating to “Integrity and trust.” It is the “Glass Mirror” revealing a person's “true” intent through their actions. How will I use self-control in mirroring a leader of compassion through love? (Emotional Intelligence Trait)

In closing, know “temperance” is a virtue of self-control; Know in decision-making you must use temperance; Know you have the ability to develop leadership characteristics; Know success is not only through planning, but building a character of “temperance” for impactful relationships; Know you must have patience and discern the right timing; Know Godly wisdom in decision-making will always produce growth; Know “temperance” is next to “integrity” in self-development. Remember, an environment of life is a progressive climate and culture of growth. Change your environment if needed. Change your behavior if needed. Speak life, grow, and lead! “You Have Value!” “You Have Purpose!

 Be Blessed and stay connected to Jesus,

Lady Cynthia R. Kelly
God’s Humble Servant
Evangelist - International Author                     

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