When we talk about our walk with Jesus; often we speak of temper. And you may be saying temper is no big deal; your making too much out of it. I don't think we can make too much of it. It is like a clock. If the hands are not moving, or pointing the wrong way; we immediately know that something in the clock is not working properly. Temper is just like that! Temper is proof whether the love of Jesus fills our heart. Now, we may be able to keep a smile on our face and be sweet at church and prayer meeting. But what about when your wife or husband pushes those buttons that are so...annoying? Or you trip over your kids bike that they left in the walk way; and you fall and scrap your shin? If we treat our loved ones with less love and respect then we do those at church, or strangers at the grocery store; then we can shout hallelujah that God has prepared for you and me a wonderful redemption in Jesus! He longs to fill our lives with the supernatural! Are we longing for it? Are we asking for it? Are we expecting it? Jesus has promised He will give it to us through Him living in us; "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Then we have the tongue! We live in a country that gives us freedom of speech. We pride ourselves on speaking our mind, because it is our right!
But if we have been crucified with Jesus. If He is living within us as He has offered to do; then let us every day pray the prayer; "Lord shut my mouth unless I speak in tender love." How often when we are at work, at church, or at home, do we find ourselves criticizing, judging, and speaking unloving and unkind words about another child of God?
Friends, it must be in our daily life; how we treat those that hate us, or those that will love us anyway; that the fruit of the Spirit is love! It is our privilege as Christians to prove our love for Jesus; and show our families, friends and the world what a life looks like when we have been crucified with Jesus and He is living in our life! Because Jesus is the gift! Him living His life in and through us!
I love you!