1 Corinthians 13:5
Love “is not irritable or resentful…” (ESV)
Remember Pavlov’s dog?
As I remember it from a University psychology class, Ivan Pavlov rang a bell and then gave a dog some food.
He kept repeating the experiment. And since the dog started to associate the sound of the bell with food, whenever he heard the bell he started to salivate.
They call it “classical conditioning.”
I don’t know about you but I sometimes get irritable. Yup, happens to friendly pastors too! Especially when three kids are talking to me at once, when I’m raking a never-ending pile of leaves, or when I’ve got 30 things to do and my sleep-tank is almost empty.
So for me, as soon as I feel irritability knocking on the noggin of yours truly, I treat it like Pavlov’s bell. It’s a warning sign. But instead of it driving me to my food bowl, it drives me to my knees.
Irritability should drive you to prayer.
If we don’t deal with it, irritability can create as many problems as un-detonated land mines in an old battle field. We say things we don’t mean and have to later undo; we treat people worse than they deserve; and we leave a stain on our character that is unbecoming of the image of Christ.
Next time you get irritable, treat it like Pavlov’s bell. Take a moment and pull over to the side of the highway, or go into the laundry room, or step into the bathroom at work… and pray.
Irritability should drive you to prayer. And that should drive you to God.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Yesterday I posted my latest blog. It’s called “Why letting your kids struggle is good parenting.” You can read it here. Enjoy!