When you find yourself churning, stirring or tossing, the signs of agitation are near. Before a full emotion outburst occurs, irritation builds and builds prior to exploding. Whenever I’m cranky or tired, the conditions for agitation are ideal. Thus, if I don’t react quickly, those around me will feel the wrath of agitation.
If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other, Galatians 5:15.
Prior to dropping off my oldest son James at college last weekend, I didn’t get enough sleep. Thus, after a long drive on Thursday and getting lost on Friday, I snapped. I couldn’t keep my frustration in any longer. Like a volcano, agitation was unleash in an unpleasant display. I should have known better, but I was careless, skipping my morning time reading the Bible and praying.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you, Colossians 3:13.
While there are several passages that deal with agitation, the verse above provides a blue print for overcoming agitation. First, as soon as you mess up, apologize and confess any wrong doing. If you’re the victim of agitation, the apostle Paul urges believers to bear with one another. Despite how painful it may be, forgive others as God forgives you. When this principle is put into practice, perhaps you will find an anti-agitation formula.
by Jay Mankus