Love is Not Easily Angered
We have all had those days, those, “Momma said there’d be days like these,” days. Nothing seems to go right. The kids are cranked up to eleven. Everyone is extra sensitive, extra irritable, extra anxious, extra extra. And if you are Momma, or any grown-up human, you field it all and hang on as long as you can until that one straw hits your back.
You explode and the debris hits everything. And everyone. Especially the ones closest to you. The ones you love.
Notice the verse here does not say, “Love does not get angry.” It says that love is not easily angered; it is slow to get angry. The more we practice a perspective of love, the more grace we can have under pressure, and the slower we are to get angry, even when someone we love treats our last nerve like a trampoline.
I kid. Sort of.
And when we lose it, we can repent before God and each other. True repentance, after all, brings us closer through humility and forgiveness.
Advent Activity: Read either Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day or My No, No, No Day to your children. Ask, “Do you ever have hard days? How do you feel on those days? How do you act when you feel that way?” Talk about ways to vent or cope with anger, such as taking a break, using a creative outlet, and taking deep breaths and praying. Explain that love causes us to be slow to get angry, and God calls us to repent when we have hurt someone in our anger.
Personal Reflection: Do an honest assessment of anger in your life. Are there triggers you can deal with to decrease you anger level? There may be things in the natural, such as lack of sleep or too many extraneous responsibilities or circumstances. There may be spiritual factors, such as resentment, hopelessness, or fear. Do what you can in the natural to relieve pressure in your life, but also spend some time in prayer, asking God to reveal and deal with the anger and its roots in your heart.