Where can I find Scripture about being even-tempered? I find myself too passionate or emotional over politics and the effects of social media on our children. I tend to want to get on my soapbox and preach. Not good!!! I need Scripture specifically concerning being even-tempered, please.
Dear Uneven Temper,
The Bible says a lot about being even-tempered. We are told to “be still and know that God is” (Ps 46:10). We are also told that one of the keys to remaining even-tempered is to remember that we aren’t in control of everything, and we shouldn’t think so highly of ourselves as to put the weight of the world on our own shoulders (Rom 12:3). Temperate behavior is so important that it is a qualification for elders (1 Tim 3:2), and it makes sense because if we want to make a difference, no matter how strongly we feel about something, keeping an even keel is going to make us more productive leaders than losing our cool. God says that we should always be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger (Jas 1:19). Remember that no matter how bad things may seem, God is in control of the world, and we need to be sober-minded and set our hope on God’s grace (I Pet 1:13). Remember, no matter how concerned you are about politics and the future generation, God tells us to be anxious for nothing but instead to pray about our concerns and leave them in God’s hands (Php 4:6).