Are You A Vexatious Spirit?

Reading: James 4


Vex is described as “anger esp by a slight or a petty annoyance; irritate, annoy (Oxford Canadian Dictionary 2nd Ed)”
A vexed spirit is the complete opposite of one ruled by the Holy Spirit. This is important to consider because the spirit in us determines whom we serve – this being God or us whether we acknowledge Him or not.

A vexed spirit is loud, feeling-obsessed, emotion-driven, and down-right exhausting. Vexed spirits have no faults, forgivable flaws, and understandable situations to explain their existence. They have no need to grow or give, for it is always their turn to be given. They don’t learn from mistakes and thus cannot be humbled.
How can we move away from being vexatious and thus toxic to others and us?
We can start by actively listening to what we say. We don’t always have to have a problem with something or someone all day, everyday.
We can start measuring our mood changes. Our feelings are unreliable as to place monumental decisions on how we feel at the moment.
We can consider our neighbour. We shouldn’t assume others can take the aggressive loud talk we impose on ourselves.
        
We can pray. We can’t self-regulate what’s been part of our nature for so long.
We can consciously decide to change our attitude. This means that we can decide not to be angry all the time regardless of the situation. 

We can adapt and accept healthier outlets for our feelings one step at a time. 

Attitude determines Altitude. 
In finishing, “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails (Proverbs 19:20-21)”.

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Are You A Vexatious Spirit?

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