How can we avoid aggravating others? - Aggravate - TouchPoints

How can we avoid aggravating others?

Colossians 3:21Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.

Ephesians 6:4Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

1 Kings 12:13-14, 16But Rehoboam spoke harshly to the people, for he rejected the advice of the older counselors [14] and followed the counsel of his younger advisers. He told the people, "My father laid heavy burdens on you, but I'm going to make them even heavier! My father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions!" [16] When all Israel realized that the king had refused to listen to them, they responded, "Down with the dynasty of David! We have no interest in the son of Jesse. Back to your homes, O Israel! Look out for your own house, O David!" So the people of Israel returned home.

When God entrusts us to care for someone and hold authority over them, whether as a parent or leader, we should always keep their best interests at heart and treat them with respect. Rather than flouting our authority, we should use it to guide others gently but firmly. The Golden Rule can be our guide: “Do to others as you would like others to do to you” (Matthew 7:12).

Proverbs 25:20Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather or pouring vinegar in a wound.

Ignoring someone’s pain or responding to their pain inappropriately can aggravate them.

Numbers 11:10Moses heard all the families standing in the doorways of their tents whining, and the Lord became extremely angry. Moses was also very aggravated.

Whining about our problems with an ungrateful, complaining attitude aggravates others.

Proverbs 15:1A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.

Snapping harsh words at others out of anger aggravates others.

Proverbs 29:8Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but the wise will calm anger.

Proverbs 19:13A foolish child is a calamity to a father; a quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping.

Proverbs 25:23As surely as a north wind brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger!

Proverbs 27:15-16A quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping on a rainy day. Stopping her complaints is like trying to stop the wind or trying to hold something with greased hands.

Misguided words may aggravate others. Our words should not be sarcastic, mocking, nagging, gossiping, or quarrelsome. Words are filled with honey or venom, to sweeten or poison others.