Worry

Worry is a sin. There is no mistake about it. Jesus said,

” Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on… Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof ” (Matthew 6:25-34).

Worry obviously isn’t good for us.  While the Bible never explicitly says that worry is a sin, we can conclude this based on Scripture.That’s because most worry or anxiety is a failure to trust God and His goodness or to believe what He told us. For example, the Sermon on the Mount records Jesus’ admonition to His followers to trust God to take care of them and not worry (for example, Matthew 6:25). Psalms 55:22.  But because worry is sin, there is hope! The bible tells us that Jesus came to die for and deal with sin. Worry can, therefore, be overcome! Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can achieve victory over worry.

Concern becomes worry when it is focused upon the wrong day-tomorrow (Matthew 6:24). Because tomorrow is not yet here, and may never come for us, the energy and anxiety created by our worry cannot be properly channeled – they cannot be released.

As Jesus said, “ we can worry from now until the day we die about the length of our life, but we will nevertheless not add one hour to it” Matthew 6:27).  It is futile to worry. It accomplishes little beyond tired, dissatisfied feelings or perhaps, eventually, an ulcer! We can overcome our worry by refocusing our concerns upon today’s tasks (Matthew 6:34).

Charles

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