Have you ever been so frustrated with someone that you just exploded and let it all out? Maybe it happened before you even realized it. Maybe you exploded on someone who you love dearly. We tend to show more emotions toward the people we love more than anyone else. We may act one way toward our coworkers, church members, friends, and even strangers, and then act completely different toward our spouses, children, and close family members. Why do we do this when we know that God’s love doesn’t do this toward us?
We were created as humans with emotions. We feel everything: happiness, sadness, fear, anger, annoyance, frustration, etc. These emotions can be very difficult to control on our own. We need help so we don’t give in to the temptation of allowing these emotions to control us. We were also created with a longing to love and be loved. God gave us free will: the ability to choose Him. When we feel these extreme emotions, we can give them over to the Lord and ask Him for His help. Unbridled emotions can destroy marriages, relationships, and friendships. We must ask God for help maintaining control over these things. We are going to experience peace when we live in control over emotions.
It is easy to get irritated at others. However, giving into emotions like this only causes a spiral into a life of bitterness. God’s love forgives and is patient with others, wanting them to experience a life of love with the Lord. How can you show others that kind of love instead of bitterness and frustration? Allow Him to transform your thinking and be gracious with others.