I can sometimes get really irritated. I think we all can. People seem to rub us up the wrong way one way or another. It just is. Life has irritating circumstances. Now what? and you might say so what?
I have been reading a small book by a favorite author of mine, Andrew Murray, and it is on the delightful subject of humility. Something we all want to hear about…or push aside :+)
He considers humility a very vital quality for Christians. Especially in a fast, push push world, and he wrote most of his work over a hundred years ago.
“Forbearing one another and forgiving one another even as Christ forgave you.” (Col 3:3)
This is the biblical standard. This is how we need to live out of the life Christ has breathed into us.
Forbearance and longsuffering towards others are not qualities that we see practiced very often. I add myself to this number.
The following quote challenged me this am:
“Let us look on every brother or sister who irritates or troubles us as God’s means of grace. Let us look on him or her as God’s instrument for our purification, for our exercise or the humility that Jesus, our Life breathes within us. And let us have such faith in the all or God and the nothing of self, so that we may, in God’s power, seek only to serve one another in love.” Andrew Murray, Humility
I have choices:
1. The first choice is to surrender my will to my Lord and Savior. I desire to learn to react in a way that is pleasing to Him. He does the work in my heart. I rest in Him.
2. Choose to accept the irritation as “just there” and not let it grow into anything more than it actually is. Bring the irritation into the light of Christ, hopefully before it escalates. This is easier when you have practiced walking in Christ throughout the day.
3. Choose to know and recognize the ploys of the enemy of our souls. John and I have been having moments of extreme irritation recently, after or before ministry opportunities. Pray against the enemy and bring the emotions and irritations into the light of Christ quickly. Again, a learning journey.
4. Choose to allow an irritating circumstance to change you for the better by accepting the character building that God wants to do inside you. From the smallest to the most annoying and painful of circumstances.
5. Sometimes you will find that a small irritation has triggered a much bigger reaction than the irritation warranted. Choose to be courageous and ask Christ to show you what is really happening. He will! You may need to talk with someone. Choose to be vulnerable.
None of this is easy… but worth working towards as Christ does his work in our hearts.
Have a blessed day!!!