Have you ever had a day where everything that could go wrong does go wrong? Often our biggest problems are those little problems which just keep happening. Ever had that? yep.
When that happens, we develop the wrong attitude.
‘Do everything without grumbling or arguing.’
We live in a world that is warped and cracked. People are prepared to blame everything on others. We don’t take responsibilities of our actions and…. if we live like that we won’t shine.
In society, people are looking to blame anything on anyone. If Jesus isn’t the Lord of the little things in your life, then, he isn’t really Lord. If you let the little things build you and develop an attitude, then, Jesus isn’t Lord.
It is how you are behind closed doors. Are you the same person at home? Jesus wants to be the Lord of ALL of our lives.
Our first responsibility is to be disciples together to learn and be an example so that everywhere we are the same.
How do we deal and cope with these frustrations in a way that honors God?
1) Did I cause it?
“A man reaps what he sows.”
Often we bring on our own frustrations. God wants us to start being honest with ourselves.
For example, if your late for work because you ran out of petrol. You are reaping what you sow. Its your fault and your the one who is causing frustration to others.
2) What can we learn?
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.”
Even when you have the day that you wish you never had, God can make it good. Everything in your day is permitted by God.
Use the irritation to grown in character.
Think, what can I learn from it.
Think, what would Jesus do?
Frustration, bad attitude and irritation is not from God.
If God wants to teach you peace, he puts you in chaos.
If God wants to teach you how to love, he will put you around someone unlovely.
3) What can I thank God for in this situation?
“In everything, give thanks.”
Give thanks? That doesn’t sound right, right? but we should give thanks because God can turn things around.
You don’t have to be thankful for a bad situation but you can be thankful in it.
4) How can I find humor in the situation?
“A cheerful heart is good medicine.”
The Bible says we are given life in abundance. We should have more joy and laughter because we have more things to be joyful about.
Laughter is the shock absorber of life.
That is why God gave us laughter. We need it. Laughter will lighten your load.
“The joy of the Lord is our strength.”
If you want the character of God, look at the fruit of the Holy Spirit. We have it.
If we are joyful, we give others hope. That’s what we’re called to do.
If we have the Holy Spirit, we have strength.
Ask God to fill you with His love.
We are frustrated because we are keeping a record of the flaws of others. When someone is going through a tough time, love doesn’t say “Oh well… they probably deserved it anyway.” no. Love never dies.