“Throwing Terrible Temper Tantrums?”

Posted: June 23, 2020 in Christian Life, Stress

Baseball. Someone has described it as being as boring as watching paint try. It’s too slow for them. And yet from time to time the fans are shocked when they see grown men acting like little children who put on temper tantrums when the umpire calls a strike on them. Some parents are known to act this way at their children’s games. One of my nephews, who is an umpire and a referee, can attest to this. (View Opie and the Spoiled Kid episode below.) [1]

Recently I watched some clips of highly paid athletes using bats and their fists to pound on things in the dugout. They vented out their frustrations and no one tried to restrain them. Is this the way we want our children to act when they don’t get their way? Consider also the horrific casualties that come from “road rage” on the highways. Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits’” (1 Corinthians 15:33). With whom do you and your children “hang out”? What are you and they watching on TV? Who are your heroes/idols and their heroes/idols?

This reminds me of what the Minnesota Crime Commission wrote many years ago about babies. Every baby starts life as a little savage. He is completely selfish and self-centered. He wants what he wants when he wants it: his bottle, his mother’s attention, his playmate’s toys, his uncle’s watch, or whatever. Deny him these and he seethes with rage and aggressiveness which would be murderous were he not so helpless. He’s dirty, he has no morals, no knowledge, no developed skills. This means that all children, not just certain children but all children, are born delinquent. If permitted to continue in their self-centered world of infancy, given free reign to their impulsive actions to satisfy each want, every child would grow up a criminal, a thief, a killer, a rapist. Are we currently reaping what we’ve sown? Thanks Dr. Spock.

Lawless (sinful) behavior is on the rise all around the world just as the Scriptures predicted it would in the last days just before Christ’s second coming to rule on/over the earth for 1,000 years (Matthew 24:12; Revelation 20:1-7). One of these days these lawless people will be led and governed by the “lawless one,” better known as “the antichrist” (2 Thessalonians 2:7). He will deceive many people by performing the same kind of miracles that Jesus and His disciples did while there were here on earth (Acts 2:22; 2 Corinthians 12:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:9). We hope you will be in heaven, rather than on earth, when he comes on the scene. We don’t set dates, but these days seem to be just around the corner. [2]

But we also need to know that Christians have two natures (See Romans 7:15-25). Those who are dominated by their own sin nature rather than by their new nature from God, can act like unsaved people and engage in all the “works of the flesh” which are perversions of good things (Galatians 5:19-21). The Christians in the church in Corinth are examples of this kind of behavior (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff; 5:1 ff; 10:1 ff). When we’re tempted to act this way, we can/should rely on God the Holy Spirit for strength to overcome these strong, sinful desires (lusts) so we don’t sin (Galatians 5:16, 25; Romans 6:11-14). The temptations you have are not unique to you (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Did you know that we can/should be angry without sinning (Ephesians 4:26)? Jesus was (Matthew 21:12, 13). [3] You can learn a lot about a person by discovering what makes him/her laugh, cry, or get angry. What are others learning about you from your actions and reactions? Are you being hypocritical? Do you claim to love God and hate other Christians (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 2:9-11; 3:16, 17)? We don’t have to like what other people do, but we are supposed to seek their highest well being which may involve our speaking the truth to them in love (Ephesians 4:15; See 2 Timothy 2:24-26). We need to display the “Fruit of the Spirit” at the right time, for the right reasons, toward the right people (Galatians 5:22, 23), and for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and the good of others (Galatians 6:10).

Believe it or not, Christians don’t have to sin but we still will sin from time to time (1 John 2:1 ff; 1 John 3:9, 10). God has provided everything we need for life and godliness within the pages of the Scriptures so we can glorify Him in a spiritually dark world (2 Peter 1:3; Philippians 2:15). No temptation has overtaken you [Christians] except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it”* (1 Corinthians 10:13).

When we, as Christians, sin (act lawlessly) we need to do three things: We need to discern/judge/be aware of what we have done (1 Corinthians 11:31), repent/change our minds about what we did (2 Corinthians 7:8-12), and then promptly confess our known sins to God our Father (i.e. say the same thing about our sins that He does about them). Then we need to claim His promise to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness so our family fellowship with Him and other believers can be restored when we walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:5-10).

When necessary, we also need to ask forgiveness from those against whom we have sinned (James 5:16). If they grant it to us, we need to ask them not to hold a grudge against us. God won’t hold against us the sins we’ve confessed to Him (See Ezekiel 33:16). But He doesn’t forget anything (Isaiah 46:10). Sometime in the future, He most likely will allow us to be tempted in the same area again so we have the opportunity to overcome the temptation and show our love for Him (James 1:12-15) rather than yield to the temptation and sin again.

If you’re not a true Christian, it’s not a matter of confessing every sin you’ve ever committed in your life before you can be saved. Neither is it that you promise God that you will never sin again, or that you will make Him the Master of your life (Lordship in exchange for salvation). It’s believing in/on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). [4] Have you done this yet? If not, why not now?

Once you’ve been “born again [from above]” God wants you to grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18) [5] and serve Him and others effectively (1 Peter 4:10; Ephesians 2:10). He wants you to lead others to Christ so they can be saved (Acts 1:8). We’re here to assist you and others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). Contact us for more information at www.kelseypeach.com. Please let us know if this article has helped you and SHARE it with others so we can help them too.

[1] Opie and the Spoiled Kid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSTdHClwwSg

[2] Coming Events: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

[3] https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-angry.html

[4] Dr. Manfred Kober: “Do We Really Know The Gospel?”

https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

The Human Problem. The Divine Provision. The Personal Procurement.

Friend, You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again.

Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!”

Dr. Ron Shea, The Clear Gospel,(Illustrated)

http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

My Presentation:  https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[5] Dr. H. L. Schafer, Maturing In Christ, Second Edition, 2016, Xuon Press

https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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