Seventh Day Adventist Health Principle – “ Temperance”

1. What is Abstemiousness / TEMPERANCE principle?

The temperance or abstinence is not more than the denial of the self to consume moderately what is good. Also not to ingest anything that could be damaging to the organism. Moderation should be exercised in all aspects of life such as diet, work, rest, study, sleep, and dress.

Abstain completely from the meats that are harmful, and harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and caffeinated products such as cola, coffee, and tea.

The ruling principle of the people of God should be: “Whether you drink or eat, or do something else, do everything for the glory of God.”

2. How Abstemiousness / TEMPERANCE give Great health benefits?

Maybe there is no psychological skill more essential than resisting the impulse. Having control of oneself is always a good thing, but they have no association with the concept of “power”. To possess “Temperance” means to control our existence in a conscious way, marking our limits and our possibilities.

Obtaining “Temperance” or we can say “self-control”, however, is not purely psychological. It has been shown that it also attends to genetic conditions to the IQ itself and, of course, to the level of socialization. But what research has demonstrated inescapably is that being possessed of “self-control” only brings social benefits in our lives, isolating us from negative and self-destructive activities such as drugs or alcohol, as well as committing criminal acts that put our freedom.

In this way, human beings can develop without obstacles in society and achieve their personal fulfillment both professionally and economically.

3. Why Abstemiousness/Temperance is important?

Self-control or Temperance is a very necessary virtue in a couple’s argument or in an interpersonal conflict. Under the effect of emotion, people can say things that they later regret, instead, when a person reflects on their emotions they are able to put the situation in perspective, take time to think and reflect on what happened to be able to, then talk with that person in a more calm way.

When a person does not have temperance, loses nerves in a situation and reacts unpredictably. To have self-control you have to cultivate your inner world and relativism external circumstances understanding that true happiness depends on your attitude. Think before you speak to be able to measure the consequences of your words. In the same way, deliberate about your actions attending to the effects. To have self-control, avoid getting carried away by haste and have patience.

For this reason, temperance is a virtue that shows wisdom. It is more frequent for a person to have greater control over self in all kinds of situations when one already has age and practical experience. That is, self-knowledge gives you a high level of self-control. When you own your actions and your words, then you have the self-control necessary to live better.

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