How do you respond when you’re around irritable people?
Such people often sap me of energy and can ruin at least part of the day. Having walked with Christ for now over 32 years, I think I’m beginning to understand something–these people are often placed in my path by divine design. My response and reaction to their miserable attitude is a reflection of my inner life–my true character. What I despise in others is often what I possess myself.
Granville Walker once said, “Love is the only cure for irritability; for irritability is only another manifestation of self-centeredness. And love that takes a man outside himself and centers the focus of his attention on the well-being of others is its only cure.”
One of my mentors, Francois Fenelon of the 17th century, wrote :
“The Great Physician who sees in you what you cannot see, knows exactly where to place the knife; He cuts swift and deep into your innermost being exposing you for who you really are; but pain is only felt where there is life and where there is life is just the place where death is needed most. Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die it abides alone but if it dies it brings forth much fruit.”
The next time you’re around a miserable person, follow the path that the Apostle Paul outlined for us in Romans 12:
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.”
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Let Go, by Fenelon