Love is “… is not provoked” (1 Corinthians 13:5 NKJV). The King James says “easily provoked” but the word easily is not substantiated here. Love does not get provoked. The dictionary says provoked means “stimulate or incite (someone) to do or feel something, especially by arousing anger in them.”
God is not provoked to anger or any other evil intention. He does not get mad at you even if you do something horribly wrong. Nor does God provoke anyone either. He is not frustrated by your actions nor does He cause any frustration in people.
In our society, on the other hand, people are easily provoked and often provoke others. People are easily frustrated and easily angered. It seems many are just looking for reasons to be angry. But love is not provoked and frustrated.
How do we keep from being provoked? We let love rule in our lives. We are not ruled by the frustrations of this world. We are placing our trust in the Lord to take us through all the frustrations of this life. Love one another. Let love rule in your heart.