In John 10:10 Jesus promises His followers abundant life. This blog is about my life as His follower.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Do people ever irritate you?

It never fails, that when I sit down and read the Bible I see something that I need to see.

Today, the following words in Romans 12:9-10 (NLT) jumped out at me:

Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring one another.

OK, have you ever noticed that it's easy to think about loving others; that it feels all warm and fuzzy? But, have you ever experienced that, in contrast, it sometimes is just plain difficult when the "others" are being annoying and irritating?

One thing that helps me with irritating people is to remind myself of how great God's grace is toward me, how much He is constantly forgiving me and loving my sometimes miserable self. Since I saw the Mel Gibson movie "The Passion" I have that one scene, when Jesus was being flogged, in my mind and that's also one of those things that puts life into perspective.

What do you do when you want to be loving, but the people you should love are being irritating?

3 comments:

JD Curtis said...

Re: irritating people, the absolute WORSE are people with some sort of sense of entitlement. There's no pleasing them. You can't win. You just hope they will eventually go away and leave you alone and bother someone else.

photogr said...

I have found being honest and to the point is the best medicine for ones that irritate everyone.

Perhaps they aren't aware of their actions untill some one brings up that issue.

Hailey's Beats and Bits said...

well.. i am guilty. LOL.

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