I know, maybe it’s awkward to talk about, but it’s true. Among other things, annoying people:
(a) Think they know everything
(b) Only talk about themselves
(c) Frequently criticize others (overtly, or passive aggressively)
At this point, you’re probably thinking I’m going to tell you to be patient and loving with them. Instead, let me say this:
Don’t be the annoying one.
Unfortunately, the intensity and stress some people feel during the holidays can result in us not being at our best. But think of the love that is described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
It’s a wonderful goal to shoot for.
So, if you tend to gather with other people during the holidays, (a) don’t pretend to know everything, (b) don’t just talk about yourself, and (c) don’t frequently criticize others.
“Love… does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
If there is an annoying, insensitive person in the room, make sure it isn’t you.
By Matthew Ruttan
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- Bible quotes are from the New International Version.