Fools show their annoyance at once... Prov. 12:16
Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. Eccl. 7:9
Lord Jesus, these passages are quite convicting, and most timely. This side of glorification, we don’t really expect to be annoyance-free. But, certainly, the Gospel is big enough to keep us from turning our hearts into a comfortable B&B for annoyance and anger. As you say, only fools provide lodging for vexation of spirit. That’s not the guy or gal we want to be.
We’d love to blame our hair-trigger irritation on COVID-life and crazy politics. But you tell us it’s not what’s on the outside that leads us to sin, but what’s on the inside. Jesus, forgive us and free us. From the fullness of your truth and grace, grant us thicker skin and bigger hearts.
Help us overlook more, Jesus; and be less inclined to react to every button-pushing, blood-pressure raising, spirit-infuriating annoyance. Far from calling us to be indifferent, passive, and enabling; you’re calling us to faith, hope, and love—the greatest of which is love.
Jesus, we don’t take your patience, kindness and grace towards us for granted. They are the reason and resources we need to love well. On this August Thursday, grant us quick repentances, “longer fuses,” and over-looking strength. May even our body language speak Gospel. So very Amen we pray, in your triumphant and tender name.