Irritability can occur easily in a large family particularly when people are rushed, tired or even hungry. I have a couple in my family who when irritability strikes often the quickest solution is to either feed them or put them to bed and I’m not talking about babies. :0 However, irritability is a bigger issue than most realize. Irritability is sin and a lack of love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-6 (ESV)
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Most of us tend to think of irritability as a natural response to life’s little frustrations. We also tend not to worry too much about our irritability, although some Christians may perhaps be wise enough to make it a matter for prayer. When was the last time you asked the Lord to help you respond graciously to that special person who always annoys you?
We should take our irritability much more seriously, because it is the very opposite of love. We know this because 1 Corinthians 13:5 says that love “is not irritable.” Irritability is the antithesis of charity. It is not merely a way of complaining, therefore, but actually a way of hating.
Ryken uses Mark 6:30-44 to show how Jesus dealt with a situation that irritated the disciples. Understanding the anatomy of irritability can help us battle it. … Continue reading.
We will have the opportunity this week to work on dealing with some irritability. Character Development 101.