Saturday, September 24, 2011

Knowing your weakness is half the battle

Yesterday afternoon, I had a lunch together with a colleague. I recently learned that she was a fellow believer and we started to discuss about our belief.

The day before, she shared a verse with me:
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. (Galatians 5:17 NIV)
Initially I didn't know what did she mean by sharing it with me. But yesterday she told me that sometimes she struggled to follow God's will because of her human's weaknesses.

She also told me that she had been reading some articles about this. There was one particular part that had my interest, because it described the innate weaknesses of each of the four temperaments that could drag us to commit sins. It was like a coincidence it struck me, since I just wrote a blog post about these four temperaments a few days ago.

I forgot to ask her where to get the article, but basically I think I got the basic idea to reproduce them.

The powerful choleric
Trait Sinful behaviors
Aggressive Have tendency to attack people
Rude or hostile behavior
Goal-oriented Can be manipulative or crafty
Will do anything to acomplish their goals
Hot-tempered Easily angered
Inconsiderate of others' feelings
The popular sanguine
Trait Sinful behaviors
Carefree Irresponsible and not disciplined
Lacking persistence and weak-willed
Sociable Demand constant love and affection from other people, often plagued with jealousy.
Talkative Tend to exaggerates and boastful
The peaceful phlegmatic
Trait Sinful behaviors
Passive Lazy and unmotivated
Peaceful Indecisive
Fear of doing (the right) things to avoid conflicts
Careful So self-protective they hurt others
The perfect melancholic
Trait Sinful behaviors
Rigid Pessimistic and resistant to changes
Unsociable Intolerant and impatient towards others
Think negatively or suspiciously of others
Moody Tend to get depressed, feel self-pity, and suicidal

In his book, the Art of War, Sun Tzu wrote a famous quote:
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
So it can be said, knowing yourself (your weaknesses or strengths) is half the battle.

What kind of battle are we fighting anyway?

In a post that I wrote a few days ago, it was said that God wanted us to do a mission in this world, destroy the devil's work. It's a battle that every believer has to fight.

To destroy evil, you can't be an ally of the evil. Just like the Spirit is in conflict with the flesh, good is in conflict with evil. Therefore, before we can do the good work God commanded us to do, we have to be cleansed first from our sins and sinful behaviors. Thankfully, Jesus has died for us for that very purpose.

And that brings another question, what kind of temperament that Jesus has? I will save this for another post (:

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