tempered temperament

/**notes from my kalcf speaking engagement last thursday**/

Temperament
(as defined by Tim LaHaye in “Sprit-Controlled Temperament”)
• the unseen force underlying human action
• provides both our strengths and weaknesses
• the combination of inborn traits that subconsciously affects all our behavior

Objectives of Study:
• to understand our behaviors and motivations better
• to identify our strengths and weaknesses
• to strengthen the body of Christ

Dangers:
• the temptation to make excuses for our thoughts, speech, and actions
• the tendency to judge others or to make assumptions about them

The Basic Temperaments:
• the sanguine (the emotional extrovert)
• the choleric (the unemotional extrovert)
• the phlegmatic (the unemotional introvert)
• the melancholy (the emotional introvert)

The Spirit-controlled Temperament
(according to John G. Webb of Alpha Ministries)
• produced by the Holy Spirit, not by moral discipline
• does not have weaknesses; instead it has nine all–encompassing strengths
• supreme example: Jesus

God’s will:
• Christ-likeness

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
(Romans 8:28-29)

18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
(2 Corinthians 3:18)

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
(Galatians 5:13-22)

How to be filled with the Holy Spirit:
• Ask for the Holy Spirit.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
• Glorify Christ.
“Whenever Jesus Christ Is Glorified, the Holy Spirit Comes” – A.W. Tozer, “When He Is Come”
(Acts 1 and 2)

Why?

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
(Mark 12:28-31)

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