TUT: Are You Irritating or Irritable?

Posted by Jennifer on April 20, 2009 – 9:03 pm

A google search of the word ‘Tune-Up’ revealed the following definition:
An Adjustment for Better Functioning
A search for the definition of ‘Adjustment’ revealed the following:
A Small Change, A Minor Correction, A Modification
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I don’t like to think of myself as being irritating, but I know that I am at times. Please don’t be offended, but I bet you can be too! We know what buttons to push and sometimes we choose to push them. Sometimes, whether it is out of ignorance or selfishness, we are rude. It can be in our speech, tone or actions that we act in a way that embarrasses our spouse, irritates him or both.

Perhaps there are things about your spouse that you find irritating. I know do. Many times being irritable or snappy has nothing to do with the actual issue and more to do with stress and/or selfishness. But in love, minor things shouldn’t result in major reactions.

The Love Dare says, “A loving wife is not overly sensitive or cranky but exercises emotional self-control. She chooses to be a flower among the thorns and respond pleasantly to prickly situations.” I love that saying. I think I may put it on an index card and magnet it to my microwave to remind me. Where does emotional self-control come from? Yourself? I hope not. When I depend on myself for that self-control I am afraid that I fail miserably. It can only come from the Lord. When that feeling starts to creep up – you know what I am talking about – before things escalate, send up a quick prayer for that emotional self-control!

As I was writing this, Colossians 3:23 sprung to mind. Not that I believe that if we are going to be irritable that we should do it heartily, but rather that when we are irritable to others, we are being irritable to the Lord as well. Now that is a sobering thought isn’t it??!?!

This Weeks Challenges: Ask (without being on the defensive) your spouse what 3 things they find irritating about you and see what you can do about them. Choose to respond in loving ways this week regardless of your mood or the circumstances.

Verses: Proverbs 27:14, Proverbs 25:24, Psalm 112:5, Luke 6:31, Ecclesiastes 10:12, Proverbs 16:32, Colossians 3:12-14, Matthew 12:34, Acts 24:16

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Related posts: Loving My God, Loving My Man, Love is Patient, Love is Kind & Not Selfish, Thoughtfulness
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  1. 1. Amy Jane (Untangling Tales) Said:

    I’ve been following your blog since the blog party. I love how you emphasize self-control here, because it made me think of a definition I looked up a while back.

    I’m writing a novel and wanted to verify *hysteria* was the word I actually wanted. I was away from home but there was a narrow dictionary nearby, and its single-line definition has stuck with me ever since:

    *Defective emotional control.*

    This is one area where I particularly want to be “controlled by the Spirit.” 🙂

    Blessings on your day!

  2. 2. RefreshMom Said:

    What a challenge! I’m not sure I want to hear my ‘irritating’ things spoken out loud! I do appreciate the reminder though to actively pursue thoughtful responses rather than reactions.

  3. 3. Jenn @ Beautiful Calling Said:

    I actually just asked my husband last night what I do that most irritates him. The answer surpised me and I’m going to work on it but it was soooo hard to not sit and justify why I do that (because I feel I have a valid reason LOL).

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