La Fontaine, the chaplain of a Prussian regiment, preached a plain sermon on the sin of a hasty temper. Next day, the major, a very passionate man, told him he had used his official liberty rather too freely. La Fontaine admitted that he had thought of him, but had no intention of being personal. “Well, it’s of no use,” said the major. “I have a hasty temper, and I cannot help it, and I cannot control it. It is impossible.”
The next Sunday, La Fontaine preached upon self-deception and the excuses which men are inclined to make. “Why,” said he, “a man will declare that it is impossible for him to control his temper, when he very well knows that, were the same provocation to happen in the presence of his sovereign, he not only could but would control himself. And yet he dares to say that the continual presence of the King of Kings imposes upon him neither restraint nor fear!”
The next day, the major again accosted him. “You were right yesterday, chaplain,” he said humbly. “Hereafter, whenever you see me in danger of falling, remind me of the King.” Let us always remember we are in the presence of Christ. Surely, we would not wish to let our passions lose in the presence of the King, would we?