I don’t know about you but there are times I have a hasty temper. I have gotten better over the years but I’m still seeking God to help me to control it completely. A key verse is in Matthew chapter five verse twenty four. This is an action of humility which aids us in the correction of hasty tempers.
La Fontaine, chaplain of the Prussian army, once preached an earnest sermon on the sin and folly of yielding to a hasty temper. The next day a Major of the regiment accosted him in no very good humour, saying: “Well, sir! I think you made use of the prerogative of your office to annoy me with some very sharp hits yesterday.” “I certainly thought of you while I was preparing the sermon,” the chaplain answered, “but I had no intention of being personal or sharp.” “Well, it is of no use,” said the Major, “I have a hasty temper, and I cannot help it. I cannot control it; the thing is impossible.” The following Sunday La Fontaine preached on self-deception, and the vain excuses which men are accustomed to make. “Why.” said he, “a man will declare it is impossible to control his temper, when he very well knows that were the same provocation to happen in the presence of his sovereign, he not only could, but would control himself entirely. And yet he dares to say that the continual presence of the King of kings imposes upon him neither restraint nor fear.” The next day the preacher met the officer again, who said, humbly, “You were right yesterday, chaplain. Hereafter, whenever you see me in the danger of falling, remind me of the King.”
Mat 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Mat 5:23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
Mat 5:24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
Sometimes some of the CNAs will do something that offends me and I will bark at them. I have been praying for God to soften me and fill me with compassion, kindness, and soft words. A gentle tongue can break a bone. I’m seeing some improvement. Thank you for this post and the reminder that we don’t need to be deceived by our sin and our great King can overcome anything and heal us.
This is one of me favorite verses. Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Always remember Jesus loves us and is helping is grow out of our weaknesses.
As I go through all your comments I’m praying all is well with you and that our Lord’s Holy Spirit is guiding you on all you do. Continue winning those around you to Jesus.