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Holiness Down Here – Short Temper, Long Cure

TemperKey Bible Verse:  So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.  Romans 7: 25

Bonus Reading:  Romans 7: 14-25

When I became a Christian, I asked God for help on two serious, practical problems that I struggled with.

The first was cursing.  Almost instantly, without any help or assistance from me, the cursing ceased.  My wife mentioned one day, “Pat, you hardly swear at all anymore.”

I was flabbergasted.  I had made no conscious effort to stop, nor was I aware that a change had even occurred.

My other struggle was a temper.  I would become too angry.  Many regrettable words escaped from my mouth.  As quickly as the Lord helped me with cursing, the temper problem hung on.  Virtually every day I would have to ask for forgiveness; there were many tears and long prayers pleading with God for help.  But five long years passed before my anger became that of a normal person.

Here’s the point: We didn’t get to be the men we are overnight, and we may need to allow some time, perhaps a long time, before we will see our lives the way we want them to be.

—Patrick Morley in The Man in the Mirror

Adapted from “The Man in the Mirror” (Zondervan, 1989)

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