Charity, Pt. 14

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not: charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

I Corinthians 13:4-7

In this list of the characteristics of charity, we have come to this fact:  charity “…is not easily provoked.”  Charity doesn’t have a bad temper.  Charity doesn’t constantly “fly off the handle.”  Charity doesn’t get angry at the drop of a hat.  Charity doesn’t want to fight and argue about everything in the world.  Charity is calm and even tempered.

Charity is a sacrificial Christ-like love that demonstrates itself in many ways.  One way is in its ability to remain calm when a situation is not good.  Charity can remain calm and Christ-like even if a situation is bad.  When the average person starts yelling and fills with rage, charity understands that this is not the Christ-like way.

There are some situations that a person should get angry about.  Jesus Himself (our perfect example) was angry several times during His earthly ministry.  He drove the money changers out of the temple.  He was never pleased with the Pharisees and rebuked them many times.   He even had to rebuke His own disciples a few times.  But, in all of that, His anger was a righteous anger and was not “easily provoked.”  Jesus did not go around losing His temper.  Charity understands the difference.  There are things worth fighting for, but not everything is worth fighting for.

How is our temper today?  Some people have more trouble with their tempers than others, but we all have work to do in that area.  We need to have an even temper that is “not easily provoked!”


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