We all have irritations……things that just REALLY get to us! I thought I would share this lesson that was very useful and needful to me! It will be in 2 segments, so yes you will have to wait for the next part whenever my time rolls around again! 🙂
Irritate = to provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure in; annoy
What are some different sources of irritations? Irritations spring from many sources: the people around you, the environment you live in, and the details of your personal life. I can list A LOT!!! Especially now with me working outside the home on a part time basis.
Key: The things that aggravate you usually influence your attitudes and actions.
> If you respond to irritations in a positive way, you can begin to resolve anger and worry and you can grow in maturity.
> In the Bible, God promises that all things will work together for good in the lives of those who love Him. (See Romans 8:28–29.)
> Even your irritations are present for a reason, and your response to them matters.
Identify Irresolvable Irritations
> You can resolve some irritations. For example, a squeaky door can be oiled. A pesky personal habit can be changed. An angry neighbor can be appeased. Be willing to do what it takes to resolve these issues.
> It is beyond your power to resolve all irritations.
a. For example, people may have personality traits that annoy you, traffic issues might not get worked out, or a physical problem could affect the way you live.
b. God can use unavoidable irritations to increase your sensitivity to the needs of others, expand your opportunities, and develop your inward character.
c. If you react wrongly to irritations, you forfeit the benefits they can provide.
d. As you respond to them with insight and proper action, you welcome God’s work in your life, allowing Him to achieve His highest purpose for you—to make you like His Son, Jesus Christ.
1. Respond to Irritations With Faith and Patience.
> When you are irritated, it is tempting to respond by defending yourself, blaming others, or getting angry.
> These responses do not resolve the irritation but instead set you on a path toward more anger and frustration.
2. Thank God for the irritation.
a. Romans 8:28–30 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
b. I Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
c. Philippians 2:14–15 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
d. When you face irritations, keep these truths in mind:
i. I belong to God.
ii. God wants the best for me.
iii. God is bigger than the source of irritation.
iv. God has allowed the irritation for my ultimate benefit.
v. God’s work and reputation are affected by my response to this irritation.
3. Identify possible causes.
a. Consider if you have contributed to the cause of the situation. Ask the following questions:
i. Did I cause this irritation by something I did or failed to do?
ii. Does this irritation reflect a personal fault or lack of character development in my life?
4. Determine ultimate objectives.
a. Ask God for insight into His purposes and plans.
b. Ask the following questions:
Lord, what character qualities do you want to develop in my life?
Father, how do You want to use this irritation to help me develop those qualities?