Moderation in all things is pretty good advice and many Christians take it as Bible truth. But is it? Going through the Bible you won’t find this quote “moderation in all things” in any Bible verse, but you will find similar advice.
Here are some verses that present the idea that we should be moderate in our lives and behavior:
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.Philippians 4:5
And Everyman that strive the for the mastery in temperate in all things.1 Corinthians 9:25
Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without wallsProverbs 25:28
And be not drunk with wine, where in is excess, but be filled with the Spirit.Ephesians 5:18
For the drunkard and the gluten will come to property.Proverbs 23:21
Within these verses are a couple of key words, moderation, temperate. These are desirable traits of the believer. Moderation is the opposite of excess, and the Bible clearly teaches that we should be known for our moderation- it doesn’t explicitly say moderation in all things, but it does say that our very nature should be marked by moderation. So if our moderation is to be known to everyone, that could not be accomplished if we were moderate in only a few things. What is interesting though, when Paul writes about excess, he cautions about excess of wine (gluttony) but he says we should be filled with the Spirit implying you could never have excess of that. In the same way vein. Proverbs tells us that if we do not live in moderation, if we are drunkards and gluttons, the hallmarks of excess, we will come to poverty.
Being temperate means to be under self control, or to have rule over your own spirit. It is strongly implied that if we can control ourselves, we would not fall into excess and thus be moderate. Self control or temperance is a sign we have the Holy Spirit within us.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness,temperance: against such there is no law.Galatians 5:22-23
So what is the origin of the quote “moderation in all things”? It is a English proverb that could have been inspired by the Bible, but it also has been attributed to other sources.