Sobriety—found nine of the seventeen times in the pastoral epistles

Variations: sober, soberly, soberness, sobriety

Interesting fact: Man is supposed to “think soberly” (Romans 12:3), “be sober minded” (Titus 2:6), and “gird up the loins of” his “mind” and “be sober” (1 Peter 1:13). The mind is the central area of necessity concerning sobriety being the source of every action of man.

Bible study tip: When studying any particular passage, two rather subtil temptations seem to plague Bible students. Two of these temptations can be summarized as follows: “Never read the past into the present,” and “Never read the future into the present.” By way of illustration, the Bible student should never simply assume that an Old Testament doctrine applies to a passage containing New Testament teachings. Likewise, the student should never assume New Testament doctrines were understood by those actually living during the Old Testament days. Additionally, these truths apply within the testaments along with the books of the Bible.

Sunday, Day 302—Church Day (no devotional)

Monday, Day 303—Gird Up the Loins of Your Mind

Tuesday, Day 304—We Should Live Soberly

Wednesday, Day 305—Church Night (no devotional)

Thursday, Day 306—Sobriety and Gravity

Friday, Day 307—Let Us Watch and Be Sober

Saturday, Day 308—Be Sober and Watch unto Prayer


Day 302: Church Day

1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;