Frustration is a common and valid feeling that we all experience at some point in our lives. Whether it’s in our personal or professional lives, dealing with frustration can be a challenging task. It’s important to know how to handle these negative feelings effectively so that they don’t consume us and lead to negative outcomes. Through the example of Jesus, we will explore some guidelines to help us with frustration, and how to turn it into a positive force for growth and change. Let’s look at…
Four Guiding Questions
- Are you zealous for God or just for yourself? (John 2:13-17) – Sometimes we are angry or frustrated because people are not giving us the importance we crave for. Their focus is on something or someone else and we feel disregarded.
- Is it based on God’s word or your opinion? (Mark 3:1-6) – Sometimes we are angry or frustrated because people disagree with our interpretation of the facts. We want them to agree with what we think is right.
- Is it about God’s way or your preference? (Mark 10:13-16) – Sometimes we are angry or frustrated because our way of doing things is not being followed. People choose to do their own way and that frustrates us because we know our way is better.
- Is it for God’s glory or your reputation? (John 11:32-35, 38-40) – Sometimes we are angry or frustrated because people are questioning our credibility (or some other attribute about us). We feel that our reputation (or worth) is at stake and we become angry.
- Central Idea: “We can be angry but we don’t have to sin.”
- Don’t be quick to assume that your anger is justified. Be humble enough to examine where it’s coming from.
- Next time you become angry, pause and pray. Ask yourself, “Where is this coming from?”
- What usually happens when you’re angry or frustrated?
- What have you realized about these negative feelings?
- How can you avoid sinning the next time you become angry or frustrated?