Righteously Annoyed

My sweet husband has been teaching an interesting Sunday School series on righteous anger for the last couple of weeks. To be righteously angry means we have a right to be angry over sin. However, we can’t partake in the act of sinning when or if we respond to it.While I have enjoyed discussing the topic immensely, I am getting a little tired of him throwing out those two words “righteous anger” whenever I get annoyed about things in our daily lives!! He is just kidding of course. I don’t get righteously angry at the person driving in front of me too slowly or the person who doesn’t give me the little divider thing in the check out line.

So then what about being righteously annoyed?

I think this is where most Christians are. We are all still very human and, man, there are things that can still get on our everlasting nerves. How do we remain set apart when sometimes all you want to do is give in and respond to the annoyance?

First- Pray for patience. Sometimes, I need to take a couple of deep breaths when something is truly agitating me. During these moments, I am so thankful for scripture. I can recite it and it can truly calm me down instantly.

Whoever is patient has great understanding,
but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
Proverbs 14:29

Well I don’t want to display folly ever.

Second- Keep It Shut. Thank you Karen Ehman for this book. I have learned so many important lessons from reading it and having a bible study with wonderful ladies who helped me to understand the benefits of keeping my mouth closed. Basically, if something is annoying you and you feel the need to respond-pray before you say it. I guarantee- nine times out of ten- you will end up biting your tongue.

Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.  Proverbs 21:23 

Third- Pray for understanding and perspective. It’s all a matter of perspective. Life is hard, people come from a million different backgrounds with a million different stories. We are all messed up in our own beautiful, lovely way. That’s the beauty of being a Christian. Jesus loves us anyways and it’s our duty to love others as He loves us. He was the only perfect Man. I’m sure I can get on lots of people’s nerves. No need to comment on this Landon.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7
Even the man driving behind you too closely. Even the cyclist holding up ten cars on a two lane road. Even the woman who stole your parking spot.
I’m sensing a theme here.
Maybe I just need to give up on driving all together?

 

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