(September 17, 2015)
We have language that is seemingly contradictory in these two chapters, but truly it is not. First, we are told to be temperate in all things. Some people take that as a means of denigrating those who are diligently trying to walk the path that leads back to God (using temperance, almost, as a club to wield against those they find overzealous).
But almost immediately thereafter we are told to be diligent in keeping the commandments of God. While we are to be temperate, it is true, that temperance does not excuse disobedience towards God’s commandments. Zealotry in turning our wills over to God is no vice – it only becomes a vice when we serve ourselves or our pride with our zealotry rather than the Lord.