(Proverbs 15:18 KJV) A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
As I read this chapter this month, I see a side of this I had not noticed before. We often run into people who claim they are “wrathful” (hot-tempered NASB) (2534). The implication is that they cannot control themselves. This seems to see it differently. This seems to say that this guy “stirs up” (1624) “strife” (4066) rather than being stirred up by it.
This verse would imply that even people with a temper have a choice. Perhaps an uncontrolled temper is more conditioning than nature. I am not trying to make a hard and fast rule but I have always wondered why two people can respond totally differently to the same situation. It would also explain why some people when they come to know Jesus are able to dump their temper.
So? Do you have a temper? Is it lack of discipline or DNA? Ask Jesus, but you need to ask with honesty. Don’t get mad if the answer is not what you want to hear.