On the contrary, they’d see it as normal mother behavior – a sign that I love my kids. After all, when you love someone, you worry, right?
So even though the Bible tells us not to worry, we’re reluctant to give it up. It feels hard-hearted, somehow. Unloving, even.
It also feels a little dangerous. There’s something inside of us that says, “If I can just keep my eye on this problem (by worrying), I can prevent it from happening.” Worry gives us a sense of control, even if it’s a false one.
It’s hard to get motivated to stop worrying because 1) it’s not on the Christian no-no list and 2) everyone else is doing it.
But Jesus tells us not to worry. We can’t get around that.
So what do we do? We start looking at worry from a biblical perspective. Here’s a Bible study that will help.
Worry Bible Study
1. What are you worried about right now?
2. Read the following Scriptures with your worry in mind. List the reasons you don’t need to worry.
a. Psalm 18:29
d. Psalm 84:11
h. Matthew 6:27
i. Matthew 6:32
j. Matthew 6:34
l. Romans 8:28
m. 1 John 4:4
3. Now look back over all your answers. If general, why don’t you need to worry? Try to list five or six reasons.
4. Why might you think that worry is inevitable—that it’s not really something you can change—it’s just the way you are?
5. Can God change you if you’re a worrier? Why or why not?
6. Romans 12:2 tells us we’re transformed by the renewing of our minds – not by trying to force ourselves to stop doing something. How often do you think you’d need to renew your mind to break free from the habit of worry?
7. How would your life change if you were to break free from worry?
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