You should not be surprised when people are irritating. Actually, you should expect them to be. It is time to stop being shocked that people sin. Isn't that negative thinking?
No, this is realistic thinking that is in line with God's commands. Here are a few examples:
- "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love" (Ephesians 4:2).
- "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32).
- "Do not be overcome by evil, but evil with good" (Romans 12:21).
- "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" (Proverbs 15:1).
These are four of many commands about how to address irritating behavior. The Holy Spirit fully anticipated that you would have to interact with people who are less than perfect. This is why he has left you with explicit instructions about how to respond to being irritated.