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Fruits of the spirit – TEMPERANCE

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TEMPERANCE

The sense here is, that the influences of the Holy Spirit on the heart make a man moderate in all indulgences; teach him to restrain his passions, and to govern himself; to control his evil propensities, and to subdue all inordinate affection. . . . A Christian must be a temperate man; and if the effect of his religion is not to produce this, it is false and vain. . . . Nothing does more scandal to religion than such indulgences; and, other things being equal, he is the most under the influence of the Spirit of God who is the most thoroughly a man of temperance.

and they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Mortify – to destroy the strength, vitality, or functioning of…. To subdue or deaden (as the body or bodily appetites) especially by abstinence or self-inflicted pain or discomforted…

Affections – a feeling of liking and caring for someone or something.

Lust – a strong feeling of sexual desire, a strong desire for something.

The active and individual desire resulting from the diseased condition of the soul

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