Waking Up with Low-Grade Irritability

Written by: Scotty Smith

Love... is not irritable or resentful. 1 Cor. 13:5 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, this small portion of your big chapter on love (1 Corinthians 13) jumped out at me this morning like fireworks exploding in a dark July 4th sky. Love is not “irritable or resentful” ... I woke up with a measure of each vying for my heart and day. I need your Spirit's work, even before the sun comes up. So, I come to you right now, grateful for your perpetual welcome, new mercies, and sufficient grace.

I don’t want this to be a bad attitude day, and as tempting as it is to blame and make excuses for my low-grade irritability, I won't. I'm canceling my plans for a pity party, returning the confetti and noise makers. I relinquish my elder-brother attitude of smugness, entitlement, and judgment.

Father, by your grace, settle me, center me, and gentle me for the day. Thank you for your steadfast love, inexhaustible patience, and perpetual care. I want to walk in your Spirit today, a whole lot more than I want to “cop an attitude” and leak irritation on my friends. May your kindness trump my "rightness," and the aroma of grace supplant the smell of my grumpiness.

May I forgive as you’ve forgiven me; accept as you've accepted me in Christ; and encourage others, increasingly, as the great Day of Jesus’ return approaches. Once again, I trust you for thick skin and a big heart. Forgive me for letting circumstances I can't control, changes I don't like, and people I'd love to fix, have more power over my heart than they deserve. Free me to love to your glory, all day long. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ great and grace-full name.



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