Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Love Dare - Day Six

"Love is not irritable"

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.”  Not far from being poked.  People are irritated are locked, loaded, and ready to overact.  Why do people become irritable?  There are at least two key reasons that contribute to it: 

Stress. Stress weighs you down, drains your energy, weakens your health, and invites you to be cranky. It can be brought on by the relational causes: arguing, division, and the bitterness.  There are excessive causes: overworking, overplaying, and overspending.  And there are deficiencies: not get enough rest, nutrition, or exercise.  Life is a marathon, not a sprint.  This means you must balance, prioritize, and pace yourself.  

 Selfishness. When you’re irritable, the heart of the problem is primarily a problem of the heart.  But selfishness also wears many other masks:

Lust, for example, is the result of being ungrateful for what you have and choosing to covet or burn with passion for something that is forbidden. When your heart is lustful, it will become easily frustrated and angered.  Bitterness takes root when he is provoked. Greed for more money and possessions will frustrate you with unfulfilled desires.  These strong cravings coupled with dissatisfaction lead you to lash out at anyone who stands in your way.  Pride leads you to act harshly in order to protect your ego and reputation.

Choose today to react to tough circumstances in your marriage in loving ways instead of with irritation.  Begin by making a list of areas where you need to add margin to your schedule.  Then list any wrong motivations that you need to release from your life.

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