Aug 31, 2016 by Will Maule

5 Bible Verses To Turn Your 'Cranky-Ness' Into Contentment

Being cranky is a trait which we all suffer from at some point or another. You may have simply woken up in a bad mood, or perhaps something genuinely annoying has put you in bad shape. It can be incredibly difficult to shake off! But being cranky can get us into trouble very quickly, and often prevents us from being a good witness for Christ. Usually, it is rooted in an inability to trust in God's promises, and to receive his assurances as absolute truth. We need to deal with it, and battle 'cranky-ness' with the divine promises of God. So, here are 5 Bible verses to make the cranky smile. 

1. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." - Matthew 11:28-29.
Weariness can make us cranky. Too often we seek after the wrong things to "self-medicate" our exhaustion: caffeine, cigarettes, alcohol, or even something more sinister like pornography. We must not "check out" of our situations or feed on the wrong things - they will never satisfy. Come to Christ. Feed on Him. Bring your burdens, your frustrations, and your grumpiness to Him, and he will give you rest. 

2. "And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:19
When we don't feel as if our needs are being met, we get cranky. But our true need is for God, and the person of Jesus Christ. Do we really need to buy two double cheese burgers and a large fries (the guilt is all mine) or would seeking after Jesus be a better use of our time? He has promised us that he will give us everything that we could require. But we must first repent of our bad attitude and come to Him with a humble heart. 

3. “I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid." - John 14:27
Sometimes it can be the smallest things that make us cranky. You burn your lip on your morning coffee, you lose your keys and are running late for work. These things can set us off in a bad mood that lingers throughout the day and affects those around us. But God can give us peace in both the big struggles and the smallest frustrations. Ask Him for peace today.

4. "Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear." - Ephesians 4:29
So you're a bit tired and fed up on your commute to work. You're squished up against some sweaty fellow on the train and you can feel your blood pressure rising. You're cranky. Most are at this point on a Monday morning. But as Christians, we must prevent this from developing into anger! Anger, when acted on, can destroy relationships in an instant. Ask God to give you grace, and let his encouragement to you be something that lifts your mood, and inspires you to edify others. "Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

5. “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” - Philippians 3:13-14
Very rarely do you wake up with the intention of flipping an offensive hand gesture at a fellow motorist. It just happens, right? Well, often times this sort of outward cranky-ness with others stems from our own hurts and pains from the past. But being a Christian means you do not have to let the past hold you back. Be quick to let go and forgive, and move into a fresh place of grace and love for others. Cut the people around you some slack, let the bad driver out at the junction, and deal with your issues well. You may just find that your cranky-ness subsides drastically when you do this. God doesn't mind if you are cranky right now, but he does not want you to stay there for the rest of the day!

We all have the capacity to be super cranky individuals. Those that are never frustrated by something are not really living in the reality of the world. There are annoyances, and we are human beings with limits. We get weary. We get frustrated. But here's the thing. This world loves to wallow in that place. Complaining, being consistently short-tempered, constantly blaming others, and just plodding through the day in an awful mood. We do not have to do this!

Through Christ, we have access to infinite power and grace to lift our moods, be an encouragement to others, and rid ourselves of our cranky tendencies. We can be people who are full of life, and who can change the atmosphere of a workplace, sports club, small group meeting, train station or waiting room as soon as we show up. Let's pray to God that we would be free from cranky-ness today, and trust that God will renew and refresh us by his Holy Spirit. 

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