Sunday Inspiration: 5 Ways to Avoid Reacting to People or Things That Trigger You

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5 Ways to Avoid Reacting to People or Things That Trigger You

Staying Spiritually and Emotionally Mature in the Moment Isn’t Always Easy

by J.M. Troppello

It’s so easy to get triggered by people and things—especially in today’s culture. As a Christian, you should do your best (with the power of the Holy Spirit) to avoid reacting negatively to those triggers. I admit that it’s not always easy to stay spiritually and emotionally mature in the moment when you’re triggered by someone or something.

This article shares 5 basic ways that you can avoid negative reactions to triggers in your life—and stay spiritually and emotionally mature.

1. Embrace Love

Know that love is the most important thing (I Cor. 13:13). Jesus walked in love. He is our model. Choose love instead of reacting to other’s negative behavior.

2. Walk by Faith

Trust that God is guiding your every step. Walk by faith (II Cor. 5:7), believing that the Holy Spirit will help you and fortify your spirit to act in the right way.

3. Fortify Your Spirit

Feed your spirit and starve your flesh (Matt. 5:6). Spend time in God’s Word each day. Read it and study it. Then apply what you learned to your life. Spend time in prayer and praise and worship.

4. Communicate with God

Keep the lines of communication open with God. He wants to hear from you. He wants to help you to imitate Christ (I Cor. 11:1) and live a more holy life. Don’t hide from God. Open up your heart and be vulnerable with Him.

5. Be Patient

Don’t live in guilt. You will mess up. That’s part of life. Trust that God’s grace covers you (Eph. 2:8-9) and that He wants the best for your life. However, His best is mostly concerned with the spiritual aspects of growth in your life. Ask Him to help you respond maturely in your Christian faith to all people and things that trigger you.

Cultivating Emotional and Spiritual Maturity

If you want to cultivate more emotional and spiritual maturity in your life, then implement these five basic steps into your daily walk with the Lord.

  • Embrace love

  • Walk by faith

  • Fortify your spirit

  • Communicate with God

  • Be Patient

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are [b]of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:12-18, NKJV)

This passage from Hebrews is titled Spiritual Immaturity. Let’s focus on taking things one day at a time and cultivating that desire to grow in our walk with the Lord.

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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