Having more than is necessary or desirable. Over-indulgence is the lack of self-control or moderation especially in eating or drinking. Such lifestyles are not God honouring (Eph 5:18; 1 Pet 4:3).

Jesus said the religious leaders were greedy and self-indulgent and thus hypocritical in their teaching (Mt 23:25). The rich fool was self-absorbed, intent on storing the surplus produce for himself, rather than generously sharing with others (Lk 12:16-21). The Bible’s message is to share, doing to others, as we would like them to do to us (Lk 6:31; 1 Tim 6:17-19).  Is this my response when I have been bountifully blessed with this world’s goods?

See also: abundance, balance, others, self-control.