Jesus on Worry

worryWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

Anxious? Stressed? Freaked out of your gourd? Today’s verses are for you.

Jesus said this:

Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:25-27)

As we’ve said before, Jesus equated worrying with a lack of faith:

Why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you — you of little faith? (Matthew 6:28-30)

What should we do instead of worrying? Jesus gave the answer:

Do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows  that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:31-34)

Still worried? Here are three bonus verses for your consideration:

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27b)

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33b)

Don’t be afraid, just believe. (Mark 5:36)

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