According to God’s design I celebrate pleasure and welcome comfort (I Timothy 4:3-4). Nonetheless, it is impossible that my human pleasure and comfort will not need to be restrained.
Ephesians 4:19 “… being past feeling, have given themselves over to [excess, absence of restraint]1 to work all uncleanness with greediness.”
I Peter 4:3-4 “the will of the Gentiles – when we walked in [excess, absence of restraint]1 …. …they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation2 ….”
Jude 4 “For certain men … turn the grace of our God into [excess, absence of restraint]1 ….”
1 The Greek word used here, according to Vine’s Expository Dictionary, “denotes excess” and “absence of restraint ….”
2 “Dissipation” means wasteful or squandering and is the word used in the NKJV, NASB, and the NIV of I Peter 4:4.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, W.E. Vine, MacDonald Publishing Co.,, McLean, VA, p. 650