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July 16, 2018 Daily Devotion from Vernon UMC

Devotional at Vernon UMC

Temperament

16 JUL 2018

"...So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God..."
~ James 1:19-20

Temperament clashes exist to some extent in nearly all relationships. They emerge around the 10th month of living together and often rise to crisis level in the second year. If the couple doesn't manage them well, they rupture the relationship around the fourth year or so (as I experienced with my ex-wife). Temperament has many dimensions that greatly influence tastes, preferences, choices, and decision-making. You can think of it in a shorthand way as your innate emotional tone - what it feels like to be you. In its more fundamental aspects, it changes little over a lifetime.

I have found that for different situations I have had to develop plans to diffuse angry temperament, and develop strategies for working through it. There are some things you will be able to kindly address and work through and others you won't! Poor drivers in traffic isn't something you can address. You'll have to deal with your anger. Issues with your spouse or friend you can deal with if you do so in love, forgiveness and with the resolve to not blame or accuse, but take a different approach.

Learning this has been worth the effort. It has helped me to be much more even-keeled in my temperament and how I work through issues. I refuse to give Satan any "limited occupancy" in my life, daily world, or home. I refuse to hinder my intimate relationship with God over bitterness and unforgiveness. I refuse to let the devil have free rein over my emotions because I'm being lazy and let anger happen. The cost is too high and people are too precious! And God has been so merciful to me! I need to practice mercy, not anger! How about you?

Father, in every situation of my life, I give You full control. Your Word constantly reminds me that you care for me.

My spirit is broken, but through the workings of the Holy Spirit, it all works together for my good. My heart is broken, but You make me whole. Though I may experience pain, it just serves to make me stronger.

As circumstances attempt to overwhelm me, Lord fill me with Peace and Clarity. Help me to control my anger and rage, Oh Loving Father. Help me not to be consumed in it. I pray that sin would not emerge as the anger infests my mind.

In the precious name of Jesus,
Amen.

Be encouraged and stay strong; be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Peace, Love & Joy

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