Restraint

Restraint is "the act of holding back or keeping in check; control; to deprive of freedom or liberty; to limit or restrict." Synonyms for restraint include prudence, modesty, discipline, temperance, humility and meekness.

Restraint is an abstract principle under the principle of contraction, a law of being (you must be restrained in conduct), a law of doing (you must act in a restrained manner), and a soul virtue.

You generally practice restraint as a law of doing, called self-control, under the lesser degrees of Neophyte, Disciple and Adept; the Mystic begins to see the need to restrain self, and soul perfects this virtue under the three higher degrees of the Master, Priest and Christos.







Edna Lister on Restraint

God has learned just how far He may trust His creation with free will, and knows exactly when He must divinely restrain that creation from misuse of law. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

We must eventually divinely restrain anyone who does not live by law of love. – Edna Lister, Your Fire Body, July 6, 1954.

It is divine restraint to put an end to evil practices. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 15, 1955.

We must maintain the world's peace, and police it for divine restraint. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 17, 1956.

The law of restraint governs sincerity. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 20, 1959.

Restraint covers others' transgressions and is silent when words would destroy a person, property, happiness or a reputation. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 20, 1959.

Selfish ones avoid action and sacrifice of self and call this restraint. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 27, 1959.

Noninterference requires restraint. – Edna Lister, What Is Healing, May 17, 1960.

The laws of restraint are, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. – Matthew 25:40. And, Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:19-20. – Edna Lister, What Is Healing, May 17, 1960.

God cannot restrain Himself from giving us all good things. – Edna Lister, When Prayer Is at Work, June 4, 1961.

At the physical-emotional level, the Ten Commandments are laws of restraint meant to teach us how to act, and are the foundation of our earthly legal system. – Edna Lister, God's Magna Carta, October 29, 1961.

Those who are foolish must be held in arms of Light to restrain them. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 7, 1963.

God shall divinely restrain us from disturbing our brothers, and will not allow the Elect to contaminate the little ones just learning to climb. – Edna Lister, Your Sacred Light, November 10, 1963.

God can restrain a certain element in the world only by a good constructive fear. – Edna Lister, Love: Your Radar, November 17, 1963.

To maintain appearances is a divine restraint, covering another's transgressions. – Edna Lister, The Magic Word, Your Magic Wand, April 12, 1964.

Under restraint, take time to consider your next step. – Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, October 18, 1966.

God permeates all within Himself, but has restraint. Every life spark has the mark of obedience within it. – Edna Lister, Religion and the World, November 5, 1967.

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New Testament on Restraint

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:19-20.

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. – Matthew 25:40.

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Old Testament on Restraint

Every "Thou shalt not" in the Old Testament is a law of restraint.

The Ten Commandments are laws of restraint meant to teach us how to act, and are the foundation of our earthly legal system: And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. – Exodus 20:1-17.

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Etymology of restraint: Latin restringere, "to bind back."


Restraint is an abstract principle.

Restraint is a law of being.

Restraint is a law of doing.

Restraint is a soul virtue.


References

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV), Public Domain.


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