“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.” James 3:13.
“The life of Daniel is an inspired illustration of what constitutes a sanctified character. It presents a lesson for all, and especially for the young. A strict compliance with the requirements of God is beneficial to the health of the body and mind. In order to reach the highest standard of moral and intellectual attainments, it is necessary to seek wisdom and strength from God and to observe strict temperance in all the habits of life. In the experience of Daniel and his companions, we have an instance of the triumph of principle over the temptation to indulge the appetite. It shows us that through religious principles young men may triumph over the lusts of the flesh, and remain true to God’s requirements, even though it cost them a great sacrifice.
Daniel was a devoted servant of the Most High. His long life was filled with noble deeds of service for his Master. His purity of character and unwavering fidelity are equaled only by his humility of heart and his contrition before God. We repeat the life of Daniel is an inspired illustration of true sanctification. Wherever they may be, those who are truly sanctified will elevate the moral standards by preserving correct physical habits and, like Daniel, presenting to others an example of temperance and self-denial…. With what care should Christians regulate their habits that they may preserve the full vigor of every faculty to give to the service of Christ.” –My Life Today, p. 254.
Questions to think about:
What requirements of God are beneficial to the health of the body and mind?
In which way can we recognize those who are truly sanctified?
With what care should Christians regulate their habits to the service of Christ?