Love Is Not Irritable
- Date: September 19, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil...” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
- From No Greater Love
Love is not sharp-it's not irritable. It seems like we are talking about certain times of the month, here, in some cases. But may I remind you that, for most, that's just an excuse; because your flesh is subject to your spirit. These are things that, through prayer and through choice, will cause you to be able to more greatly control your flesh. I don't deny the existence [of PMS]. I'm just saying that, for some, it's more controllable than they would like to admit; because we, many times, like for that to be the time that we can vent our flesh. Just look at it, see what it is, and say, "You know what I'm going to choose this month? I'm choosing today to take this time of the month to be more loving than I have ever been, to be more selfless than I have ever been, to be more of an example of the character of Christ than I have ever been." Wouldn't you love for God to be glorified in that? Wouldn't that be a good way to honor God? I'm just using that as an example: we are all, at times, this man or this woman. Much of it is because of our being puffed up in thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought, and we are offended because people would question that: "You're going to question my superiority? You're going to question my decision? You're going to question me?" We become touchy. It's almost like people in high positions who, when they are criticized, twitter the whole nation as they whine that somebody said a bad thing about them. I won't mention any names, but I think that's a very demeaning way to act when you hold the office of the leader of our nation. I'm just saying. I won't mention any names; but it's beneath the role. May I share something else with you? It's beneath the role of husband, the head of the house. It's beneath the role of wife, the glory of the Lord to the children. It's beneath a mature Christian to have to respond and to be irritable and touchy to where people are afraid to say anything around you. If people are afraid to approach you because they don't know how you will respond-one day you go off, and the next day you're loving and squeezing and "Hi, bro"-remember that love is not easily provoked. Every one of us should be absolutely approachable at all times, even when we are tired, even when we are preoccupied, even though we are superior. Love is not easily provoked.
Proverbs 29:22 ("an angry man stirs up strife") talks about this: When we become provoked, when there is that irritableness that arises in us, it contributes to strife. Proverbs twenty-nine says it's an offense, it's a separation. Proverbs 20:2 says that, when we are in that place of provocation to anger, it leads to sin. So, we need to guard against these things and not just say, "Well, that's how I am; that's my personality. I kind of blow up easily, but I get over it easily." Those whom you offended don't, possibly. That scar you left doesn't necessarily heal instantly.