Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Good Temper

"Love is not provoked."

We are inclined to look upon a bad temper as a very harmless weakness. We speak of it as a mere matter of temperment, not a thing to take into serious account in estimating a man's character. The temper is significant not in what it is alone, but in what it reveals. A want of patience, kindness, generosity, courtesy and unselfishness, are all symbolized in one flash of temper. Therefore "Let that mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus."


6 comments:

Melanie said...

Thank you Bethany. I have been tested in this area lately working at Kinder Kids Preschool. Sometimes I really struggle with keeping a good temper when it gets to be stressful. It is so wonderful to know that God gives me just the right amount of grace that I need to get through it.

abi said...

Bethany,

What a wonderful way to look at the thing we always think as bad...our temper's! Quite honestly, I'd never thought of it in that light. Thank you for bringing an encouraging, and thought provoking perspective to the issue of how we are using our temper's!

I really am loving this series you are doing. It has been such a blessing!!

With a grateful heart,
~Abi~

Rachel Marie said...

Beautiful, Bethany!
Truly,
"Therefore 'Let that mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.'"

Wonderful post... and I love the picture!;-)

Andrea said...

Wow, that was a challenge to me, especially when thinking of all the times when it's easy to become frustrated and upset with the irritations younger siblings can bring. (They are a tremendous joy and blessing as well, so don't get me wrong there!) How I respond to those things really is a lot more revealing than what I think. Like your last post, do I let those winds in life fan my flame brighter, or dim it?

Thank you again for the blessing!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is such a challenge, Bethany! Thanks for posting that. It seems like a person should have a right to be able to display at least a little bit of a bad temper when their personal rights are infringed upon. But truly, that is not love.

"A want of patience, kindness, generosity, courtesy and unselfishness, are all symbolized in one flash of temper."

How true!

(((HUG)))

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

It can be hard to keep in good temper, but if we work on the root problem -- a lack of the fruit of the Spirit-- our gentle natures will bring honor to God. Good post. I don't think I had thought about it in quite that way before.