Principle # two:
Don’t hang out with angry people;
don’t keep company with hotheads.
Bad temper is contagious—
don’t get infected.
We become like those we hang out with. This advice will never get old-fashioned. It was true in Solomon’s day and nothing has changed. However, too often the one with the bad temper is one in your own family, and that is hard to get away from. If the one with the bad temper is a parent–this indeed is a bad situation. The bad temper will be transferred to the children—as the natural process. Parents have a high calling from God to curb their temper.
A bad temper is never a useful personality trait. According to the University of Chicago, children of a parent with an explosive temper are three to four times more likely to develop that same tempter. So is a bad temper something we inherit, like the color of our eyes and it can’t be overcome. No, it is something we have learned to use as a tool to manipulate people and satisfy our own frustrations.
Bad temper is a learned trait and will be overcome by a renewing of our minds. Romans 12:2 explains this process. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Renewing of our minds comes in direct relation to the time we spend in God’s Word and letting Him direct our thoughts.
God’s Question: Will you let Me help you with your bad temper?
God’s Promise: I’m eager to help when invited to do so.
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for always being eager to help my weaknesses.
I am sorry I don’t always invite Your help but struggle alone.
Thank You for Your Word that guides us to victory.
Help me submit my thoughts to Your guidance.