Sunday, February 8, 2015

Day Eight - love is not easily angered

Welcome to day eight!  I have put off working on this post till the very last minute!  I knew it was going to be a tough one for me!  So...deep breath - here we go!
Love is not easily angered.  Other translations tell us love doesn't fly off the handle (The Message), love is not irritable (Good News Translation), or love isn't easily upset (The Voice).

Once again - I'm getting the message loud and clear.  I'm terrible about flying off the handle.  Ugh!  I can get upset for a number of reasons but one of the things that sets me off the most is when I've been hurt.  Usually hot tears puddle in my eyes (which makes me mad!), and then I'll call a friend and say, "can you believe...", and finally I will just avoid the person that hurt me completely.  Better to avoid a confrontation than say something you'll regret, right?!  Um...no - better to not get angry in the beginning.

But, how do we do that?!  It seems impossible!  Well, to us it does.  Not to God.  How many times did people say something nasty about or to Him, how many people rejected Him, how many people wanted Him dead?  We have all been through experiences that we wouldn't wish on anyone else, but nothing like what our Heavenly Father went through.  If He can lead a sinless life through all that - we can at least try to curb our anger. :)

Let's see what some other verses tell us about ways to work on our anger:

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19:14 (NIV)


Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.

Psalm 37:8 (NIV)


Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.

Proverbs 12:16 (NIV)


A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)


Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 (NIV)


Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.

Jeremiah 1:8-9 (NIV)


Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
Philippians 2:3 (NIV)

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2 (NIV)


“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Luke 6:32-36 (NIV)


I love so many of those versus for so many reasons.  Wonderful reminders to overlook insults, use gentle answers, and remember that the Lord is with me!  We can do this - with His help!
links to previous days:

Come back tomorrow for love keeps no records of wrongs - how many more days till the protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres - you know, the good stuff!  :)  Just kidding!  There's some great stuff to learn tomorrow.  Hope to see you then!

Have a blessed day!  Gig 'em and God bless!
Holly

6 comments:

  1. This one is only tough for me with my family....why?? Love is hard.....

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    1. I think this is a tough one for families because they are the ones we are around the most. Or at least that's how it seems to be for me. I notice I'm (more) quick to lose my temper and get mad when I've been around them for an extended amount of time! :)

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  2. Quick to anger is something I have struggled with plus holding a grudge, until recent years. I have realized me holding onto anger is only hurting me. I have leanered, when the other person hurt me, they didn't care so they don't care I am still angry. Why give them the power over me?

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    1. I'm awful at holding grudges... :( And, guess what our church services was on this morning?! Yep - forgiveness! Think God is trying to hammer something home to me, or what?! :)

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  3. The older I get, the easier I find myself getting annoyed with things. Luckily for my family it's not with them! It's more when I am in public...bad drivers, the person blocking the grocery aisle I need down, the unhappy cashier, I could go on and on unfortunately. I don't know why I let myself get upset with such silly things!

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    1. It must be an age thing! :) Just no time for inefficiency, right?! :) Things to do - people to see! All joking aside, I know exactly what you are talking about. But, I think the things that annoy us go back to making sure our decisions (usually selfishly motivated) aren't affecting others. Bad drivers, the person blocking the grocery aisle, unhappy cashiers - examples of people putting themselves first... Just something to think about. Thanks for reading!

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