Irascibility


A person’s wisdom yields patience;
it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
Proverbs 19:11

One of the consequences of maintaining an attitude of pride and arrogance is irritability. The proud always ends up being a very irascible person that is constantly annoyed by all those around him, because in his mind they can only cause problems. Any comments he hears associated with him or his conduct is considered a serious offense that must be met with retaliation with all the energy that the situation warrants. Only one thought passes through his mind: “How dare they? They’ll see!” Impatience and anger will come together in a powerful concoction that once ingested will result in an explosion of epithets and curses.

The child of God, by contrast, is already or is on track to become a considerate and humble person. The transforming power of the Holy Spirit turns pride and irascibility into humility and poise. Patience becomes part of the nature of the believer and he no longer easily falls into provocations. The new motto of the believer is now changed to: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” This new ability to avoid unnecessary conflict gives the child of God a quiet and thoughtful character. Wisdom lets him now understand that the enemy of our souls is the one behind the master plan to create conflict, and that much is gained when one avoids litigation. Let the Holy Spirit of God do his work in our lives, transforming our character to be each day more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ. To God alone be the glory!

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