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Five Steps for Handling Frustration - August 6, 2013

Post  James on Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:36 am

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Isaiah 26:3
3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Galatians 6:7
7 Donít be misledóyou cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

Romans 8:28
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is Godís will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 17:22
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a personís strength.

1 Corinthians 13:5
5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.

Here are five simple steps for dealing with frustrations in your life.

Ask yourself, "Did I cause it?" The Bible says, "A man reaps what he sows." (Galatians 6:7 NIV) We are frustrated by many things in life because we bring them on ourselves.

Ask yourself, "What can I learn from it?" Romans 8:28 says, "All things work together for good." (NIV) There are many bad things in the world, but all things work together. God can even take the negative and turn it into a positive if we will let Him. Use irritation as an opportunity to become more like Christ.

Thank God in the situation. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, "In everything give thanks." (NIV) You don't have to be thankful for a bad situation. But you can be thankful in a bad situation. Frustration may be a blessing in disguise.

Turn the frustration into a funny, a humorous event. The Bible says, "A cheerful heart is good medicine." (Proverbs 17:22 NIV) A sense of humor is God's antidote for anger and frustration.

Ask God to fill you with His love. Why? Because 1 Corinthians 13:5 says, "Love is not easily angered." (NIV) Love is self-giving, not self-serving. We get irritated, because we think everyone and everything has to revolve around us. Love concentrates on the other person.

Jesus faced constant frustrations, but He never got irritated. He always made time for people. We get so preoccupied with our own things that we forget that people are the priority in life.
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Re: Five Steps for Handling Frustration - August 6, 2013

Post  michellee. on Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:35 pm

Frustration isn't the best feeling but it can be used as an opportunity to grow. It's better to try to see the light in every situation instead of focusing solely on everything that's wrong. It's pointless to have negative emotions such as frustration hold you back and draw you away from God, so instead it's more fulfilling if we can see how God is using this to help us grow spiritually and in character.
"It is pointless to punch into the darkness. All you got to do is to turn on the light"
-Joyce Meyer
Even through bad times, God is still trying to teach us something. He wouldn't cause all these negative emotions to come upon us, if it wasn't going to result in anything good. Frustration can help us learn to be more patient, and see situations differently, and God can teach us this by using situations where we feel overwhelmingly stressed. We might not like it during the process, but we just have to trust in God's process.
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
-Romans 12:12
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