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The holding back of actions, emotions or forces, whether one’s own or another’s. God holds back the power and extent of evil in the world and restrains his anger. Believers are to show similar self-control in life, especially in speech.

Restraint as the holding back of actions The example of Jesus Christ Mt 26:52–53 Other examples See also Ex 36:6; 1 Sa 3:13 David spared Saul’s life: 1 Sa 24:1–22; 1 Sa 26:1–25 1 Ki 1:6; Es 5:10; Je 14:10; 2 Pe 2:16 Restraint as the holding back of emotions Jesus Christ’s silence under suffering 1 Pe…
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