It’s almost as if, if you look at them cross-eyed or tell them their shoes are untied and they’re ready to go off? They cry whenever anyone offers even the slightest criticism, and they’re always wanting to start something or “have beef” with somebody who doesn’t agree with them?
Unfortunately, many of us could probably say we know at least one person like this – or close to it. This same person may haul off and slap somebody on Saturday, then come to church on Sunday with hands lifted up in praise talkin’ bout, “I love you, Lord, and I lift my voice…” lol
Love is not easily provoked… (1 Corinthians 13:5) The word, provoked, in the original Hebrew means, to irritate, make angry, provoke, to scorn, to stimulate, spur, to burn with anger.
Love is not easily burned with anger. I don’t agree with phrases such as, “He made me angry,” or, “She made me upset.” No one should ever have that much power over you and your emotions whereas after seeing them it has the ability to ruin your whole day. If the person purposely provoked you in any way, then becoming upset is only a win for them because you gave them the reaction they were looking for in the first place.
Don’t give in to someone else’s attempt to irritate you. Instead, charge it to their head and not their heart, pray for them, and keep it moving. Give them the benefit of the doubt, even if you feel they don’t deserve it. By not allowing them to make you feel a certain way, you actually are able to control your own mood and temperament and continue to walk in love and peace throughout the day.
*Originally published on Kim on the Web.