“Moderation in all things,” is an extrapolation of Aristotle’s Doctrine of the Mean (as presented in Nicomachean Ethics). I have often heard this quoted as being a proverb right out of the writings of the Apostle Paul, not so. But, Paul did use a very similar idea when he wrote I Corinthians 9:25.
Paul wrote, “And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 1 Corinthians 9:25
We get the sense Paul was saying show moderation, self-restraint, self-control or self-discipline. But how does one do this?
Matthew 11 records the teachings of Jesus with a promise He gives. “My yoke is easy…” When we take the yoke of Jesus we connect to Him. We have a union with Him. To me it would stand to reason that when we connect to the Creator of heaven and earth we will have the power to be temperate in all things regardless of how pulling overindulgence sings in our hearts. When we are connected to the source we will have the power to succeed. We have the ability to control our schedules, our time, our daily chores and yes our food intake as well as our lust.
But, if my theory be true, WHY, do we NOT do all things in moderation? Show temperance in all things?