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Ole Hallesby. This frustrated plea came from a fine young businessman who had come to me for counseling. The apostle Paul no doubt felt that same way when he said, To will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me Rom.
Note that Paul differentiated between himself and that uncontrollable force within by saying, It is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. The sin that resided in him resulted from the natural weaknesses that he, like all human beings, received from his parents. At the moment of our conception we all inherited a basic genetic temperament that contains both our strengths and our weaknesses.
This temperament is called several things in the Bible: It is the basic impulse of our being that seeks to satisfy our wants. Temperament is the combination of inborn traits that subconsciously affects all our behavior. These traits, which are passed on by our genes, are based on hereditary factors and arranged at the time of conception. Six people contribute through the gene pool to the makeup of every baby: Some authorities suggest that we may get more genes from our grandparents than our parents.
That could account for the greater resemblance of some children to their grandparents than to their parents. The alignment of temperament traits, though unseen, is just as predictable as the color of eyes, hair, or size of body.
Doubtless you know both kinds of people who are siblings—born to the same parents. Similarly, it is temperament that makes some people art or music enthusiasts, while others are sports or industry minded. In fact, I have met outstanding musicians whose brothers or sisters were tone-deaf. Character is the real you. It is the result of your natural temperament modified by childhood training, education, and basic attitudes, beliefs, principles, and motivations. It is sometimes referred to as the soul of a person, which is made up of the mind, emotions, and will.
Character combines your temperament, training, moral values, beliefs, and habit patterns. It is indeed the net result of all the influences and religious commitment on your life. It is what you really are when there is no one else around.
What you do when you have the freedom to do what you want to do is an expression of yourself. Often personality is a pleasing facade for an unpleasant or weak character.
Many are acting a part today on the basis of what they think they should be as a person, rather than what they really are. This is a formula for mental and spiritual chaos. It is caused by following the human formula for acceptable conduct. The place to change behavior is inside man, not outside. In summary, temperament is the combination of traits we were born with; character is our civilized temperament; and personality is the face we show to others.
Since temperament traits are inherited genetically from our parents, we should keep in mind some of the natural factors that influence them.
Certain temperaments tend to follow certain gene pools. While on a missionary tour to Mexico, I noticed the vast differences in the tribes that I observed. The Sapotaco Indians impressed me greatly. Many tribes had been shiftless, indifferent, and careless in their mode of life. The Sapotacos, however, were a very industrious and often ingeniously capable tribe. In one city we visited, they actively pursued the technical trade of weaving, and their sense of responsibility was in sharp contrast to anything we had observed in other tribesmen.
The skills were learned, but the adaptability and desire to learn them were so universal throughout the tribe that it could only be an inherited trait. Women often tend to be more emotionally expressive than men.
Even the hardest of women will weep at times, while some men never weep. Men and women may have the same temperament, but the extent of emotional expression may vary. Temperament traits, whether controlled or uncontrolled, last throughout life. The older we get, however, the softer and more mellow our harsh and hard traits tend to become. People learn that if they are to live at peace with their neighbors, it is best to emphasize their natural strengths and subdue their weaknesses.
Many successfully develop their characters and improve their personalities, but it is doubtful that any are able to change basic temperament. Yet it is possible to modify it to such a degree that it almost seems to have changed—as we shall see in the next chapter. For several decades we have heard a lot about behavior modification—various attempts aimed at changing human behavior for the better I would hope.
Some attempts are good and some are bad. The one I find most helpful, without negative side effects, is the change that takes place when someone accepts Christ and allows the Holy Spirit to change his or her life. Some Christians erroneously think that their temperaments have changed, but that is impossible. As we have already seen, we are born with them.
The Holy Spirit can, however, modify our temperaments so that they appear to have been changed. The truth is, extroverts are extroverts—all their lives.
But when a hard-driving, demanding, angry person becomes gracious and tenderhearted, that person seems at first glance to have had a change of temperament. The truth is, God has strengthened their weaknesses. And be sure of this, we all need that kind of modification. The apostle Paul put into words the heart-cry of despair felt by all sincere people who lament their weaknesses of temperament: O wretched man that I am!
Who will deliver me from this body of death? Yes, temperament weaknesses can be strengthened! This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue? Upload Sign In Join. Save For Later. Create a List. Summary A superb treatment of the basic human temperaments and how God can use them, now revised with new chapters and questions for group study.
Read on the Scribd mobile app Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Tyndale House Publishers Released: Dec 5, ISBN: Cited Introduction There is nothing more fascinating about people than their inherited temperament! Wondering if anyone outside our church would read them, I asked, How many should I send? Three hundred, he said.
A Brief History of the Four Temperaments The theory of the four temperaments is not perfect; no theory of human behavior is. My Contributions to the Study of the Four Temperaments Spirit-Controlled Temperament was the first book on the subject of temperament written in English and for Christians.
A Theory That Works The temperament theory is not the final answer to human behavior, and for these and other reasons it may not prove satisfactory to everyone. Temperament Temperament is the combination of inborn traits that subconsciously affects all our behavior. Character Character is the real you. Summary In summary, temperament is the combination of traits we were born with; character is our civilized temperament; and personality is the face we show to others.
For group study, see questions at the end of chapter 2. Start your free 30 days. Page 1 of 1. Close Dialog Are you sure? Also remove everything in this list from your library. Are you sure you want to delete this list? Remove them from Saved? No Yes. Explore now. Along the line, she had a relationship with God which has grown over the years and this has also helped her develop a spirit controlled temperament.
May we let Your Holy Spirit control our temperaments, especially when things or people irritate us. Many a Christian has cheated himself out of the blessing of the Holy Spirit's inspired impulse to do something good or kind for someone else by not obeying that urge.
And part of my mission with my boys is to teach them how to temper, their temperaments, and guide them to be spirit-controlled. The Road less Travelled- Scott Peck. What is new to many persons is an understanding of why they have weaknesses. Product Description Product Description.
In Spirit-Controlled Temperament, Dr. Click the link above for a great book read on the spirit-controlled temperament. Everyone has weaknesses which isn't news. This is an excellent book to help you understand yourself and others. Tim LaHaye shows us how God can transform your natural weaknesses and make you a dynamic and effective Christian.
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