Apostle Grace Lubega
2 Peter 1:5-6(KJV); And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
Self-control stands between two pillars: knowledge and patience.
Our theme scripture reveals that to knowledge, you must add temperance. This means that knowledge alone is not enough. The limitation of knowledge is revealed in 1 Corinthians 13:8. The Bible says that “whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”
Understand that what you know can be reduced into irrelevance by a lack of self-control because no one draws true inspiration from a ‘master’ who has not mastered himself.
You may be the greatest musician the world has ever seen but with a destructive drinking problem that makes a mockery of your craft and supreme talent.
You may be the deepest preacher in the world awing the masses with mystery yet having no control over your temper, making your vast knowledge irrelevant to the many who seek inspiration from the pattern of your life and not just the impressiveness of your articulation.
For such men, a lack of self-control has cast a shadow over their greatness. Some like Moses, who could not overcome his anger, have had their destinies aborted.
It is a good thing to pursue knowledge but all knowledge must be exercised in temperance because temperance gives you stability in knowledge.
FURTHER STUDY: Proverbs 29:11, 1 Corinthians 13:8
GOLDEN NUGGET: All knowledge must be exercised in temperance because temperance gives you stability in knowledge.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this word. I receive it with all humility knowing that You work self-control in me. The world sees greatness radiate through me because temperance is my anchor. In Jesus’ name, Amen.