Whatever happened to self-discipline or self control? There is a rampant disease of indulgence. Can we do anything to counter obesity, drunkenness, drug addiction, pornography, sexual abuse, loudness?
God gave us our senses to satisfy the needs of our body, soul, mind and each other. The appetites did not come with built in limits – they can and are abused by all of us at times. Appetites produce pleasurable sensations that cause us to fulfill our needs as individuals and as groups. When they are controlled, they serve a good but when the sensations of pleasure take control, they result in the abuse of the individual and others.
Sitting down to a good meal satisfies legitimate hunger but eating beyond the hunger leads to obesity and diabetes etc. which destroy the person.
Listening to music can feed the spirit but constantly advancing the volume destroys one’s hearing ability.
Photos of beauty can give joy to the eye but pornography is vision out of control that leads to destruction of the person and the abuse of the body and molestation of others.
We have powerful and good appetites which need to be controlled and we must teach the young how to control them so they accomplish good ends instead of the grave harm which can do when we cease to control them.
The best way to learn and teach self-control is to seek knowledge from the One who gave us our faculties and who knows how they should be used – that is God and He understands how to make appetites serve us instead of us becoming enslaved to them!