#thirstythursday / when people get on your nerves…

I have a problem: there are some people that just get on my nerves.

pregnancy rage

Like the ones that rub me the wrong way with their words, or the ones that are always bragging about what they bought or what they got, or the ones that always have to put someone else down at the expense of making themselves look better. I think I struggle the most with those who constantly preach at others around them about living life with standards – standards that they don’t even keep themselves.

My everlasting nerves.

But who am I to judge? I really DON’T WANT to judge, God. I REALLY just want to not be around these people. Could You move them to another planet, or another country??

Anyone else ever felt that way?

What does the Bible have to say about this?

“Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:44-45)

“Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but don’t consider the beam that is in your own eye? Or how will you tell your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye;’ and behold, the beam is in your own eye? You hypocrite! First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5)

Man, that last one always gets me and knocks me down a few levels.

I mean really, I just MIGHT be the one that gets on your everlasting nerves???

I’m not sure what the answer is to my judginess and my “want to crawl in a hole away from these people”-ness – other than spending more and more time with God and asking Him to work on my heart.

Maybe, just maybe, the answer is less time on social media (because most of the time I’m seeing people’s stupidity in this realm!). Side note: removing people from your news feed is a very good thing sometimes!!

The part that eats away at my heart the most: finding that fine line between ignoring the stupid things people do and calling them out in love. Yeah, I struggle with that too. Does God call us to just sit back and watch people go down paths that lead to destruction?  Or are we placed in their paths to be an example and to speak love and truth in a non-condemning way?

What have you done in your life to show love to those that get on your nerves? Have you ever had to speak out truth to someone in a tough situation?

In the meantime, I will pray that God helps me figure this one out, one annoying person at a time 🙂

Proverb of the Day:
The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcasts their foolishness. [Proverbs 12:23 NLT]

~Starr

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3 replies to “#thirstythursday / when people get on your nerves…

  1. unfollowing some people on social media is the key to using it wisely I think. (That and not friending everyone and their cousins sister-n-law.)

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