Day 6- Love is not IRRITABLE!
"He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city." Proverbs 16.32
Love is hard to offend and quick to forgive. How easily do you get irritated and offended? To be irritable means "to be near the point of a knife." People who are irritable are locked, loaded, and ready to overreact.
When under pressure, love doesn't turn sour. Minor problems don't yield major reactions. The truth is, love does not get angry or hurt unless there is a legitimate and just reason in the sight of God.
If you are walking under the influence of love, you will be a joy, not a jerk. Ask yourself, "Am I a calming breeze, or a storm waiting to happen?"
Two reasons people become irritable... Stress and Selfishness!! Stress weighs you down and drains your energy. It weakens your health and invites you to be cranky. The Bible can help avoid unhealthy stress. Colossians 3:12 says to let love guide you so you aren't caught in unnecessary arguments. Philippians 4 says to pray through your anxieties instead of handling them in your own strength.
Selfishness tends to be the heart of the problem when you are irritable. Matthew says, "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks" When the pressure is on, do your words turn sour? Selfishness also wears other makes... anger, lust, pride!
These motivations can never be satisfied. But when Love enters your heart, it calms you down and inspires you to quit focusing on yourself. Love leads you to forgive instead of holding a grudge. To be grateful instead of greedy.
Love sets your heart up to respond to your spouse with patience and encouragement rather than anger and exasperation.