July 8, 2012

S e l f - C o n t r o l ♥

Love "is not touchy or fretful or resentful" (1 Cor. 13:5). It "is not provoked, thinks no evil" (NKJV). It is slow to anger (James 1:19). The antidote for a quick temper is self-control, which is a fruit of the Spirit. (See Galatians 5:22-23.)

If you struggle with a quick temper, ask God to reveal the root of the problem. Perhaps you suffered abuse in the past, and you have some repressed anger that you need to deal with. Or maybe you are proud and need humility. Pride is often the root of a quick temper.

Using self-control to control the emotion of anger is much easier than trying to deal with all the repercussions of a lost temper. I hate strife and its effects on people. A good temper (self-control) will slam the door in strife's face.

H/T: Conflict Free Relationships by Joyce Meyer

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