The worst-tempered people

(J.R. Miller)

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Galatians 5:22-23

The worst-tempered people may be made gentle and loving in all their words, acts, and dispositions--by the renewing and transforming power of divine grace. God can take the jangled keys and put them in tune--if we will only put them into His hand.

But we must strive ourselves to be sweet-tempered. We must watch the rising anger--and quickly choke it back. We must keep down our ugly disposition. We must learn to control ourselves, our tempers, our feelings, our passions, and our tongues. We must seek to develop the gentle virtues--and crowd out the thorns! This discipline is not easy, but the lessons can be mastered.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13