PUTTING OUR WORRY TO WORK                    Matthew 6:27-34

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (v24)

The Bible acknowledges what all of us have experienced. There are two kinds of worry (1) a negative, harmful, crippling worry, and (2) a positive, beneficial concern. The same Greek word (merinnae) is used in the New Testament for both.

Negative worry in the Bible is an anxiety that focuses our thoughts either on concerns that we can do nothing about, or on matters that distract us from resting in God’s ability to meet our needs. Jesus mentioned such as worry six times in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6) He taught His followers to believe that the Father in heaven wanted them to trust Him one day at a time even for the most common cares of life (vv25-34) But not all worry is bad. The Bible also speaks of a healthy care and concern that results in meaningful action and prayer. In 2 Corinthians 11:28, for instance, Paul spoke of his “deep concern for all the churches.” The word translated concern here is the same Greek word he and other New Testament writers used when urging against self-consuming anxiety. (Philippians 4:6; 1 Peter 5:7) Paul also told the believers in Philipi of his desire to send Timothy to them because he was concerned about (same Greekword) their welfare (Philippians 2:19-20) We can put our worries to work for us by letting worry turn our attention to God, (ODB)

PRAYER LINE: Father, Your word says we should rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16) Father Lord, You said we should fear not every day of our lives. You are the burden Bearer. Thank You. Amen.


Do not quench the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19)

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