The author of Hebrews urged his readers to run the race of faith by first laying “aside every weight, and the sin which clings so closely” (Hebrews 12:1). Jon Bloom wrote a series of articles that start with the idea of laying aside the weight of something, and I’ve had this particular post banging around my head since 2014: Lay Aside the Weight of Irritability.
He gives some examples of our selfish justification for being irritable:
- When I’m weary I want rest, but if it’s denied/delayed/disrupted I get irritated.
- When I’m sick or in pain I want relief, but if it’s denied/delayed/disrupted I get irritated.
- When I’m preoccupied I want uninterrupted focus, but if it’s denied/delayed/disrupted I get irritated.
Then he reminds us that there is always a target of our irritability:
Jesus didn’t die for our punctuality, earthly reputation, convenience, or our leisure. But he did die for souls. It is likely that the worth of the soul(s) we’re irritable with is infinitely more precious to God than the thing we desire.
The entire exhortation is worth reading, and repenting where necessary.