Worry Is An Adult Sin

By Hugo McCord, via BulletinGold

IMG_0570Youthful lusts (2 Tim. 2:22) do not cause older people to sin, but Satan besets older people with a special sin: worry.

The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus sets forth principles by which worry and anxiety may be eliminated. Those principles are set forth in a prayer written by Reinhold Neibuhr and adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous:

“Dear God, give us strength to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed. Give us courage to change the things that can and should be changed. And give us wisdom to distinguish one from the other.”

That which should and can be changed, do it! Many of life’s problems are solved by work and application. Abraham’s large entourage, both human and animal, was badly in need of water in Palestine’s Negeb desert. Worry would not settle the problem, but hard work in well digging did.

That which you would change but cannot, make the best of it! Though hard work is the answer to many problems, it is not to others. Some things are beyond human exertion. Joseph did not want to be sold as a servant, being laid in iron chains, his feet hurting in fetters. But he refused to allow his unpleasant condition to make him grumble and whine. Instead, he determined he would make the best of a bad situation. Instead of settling into worry and a hopeless case of self-pity, he made himself a cheerful and efficient workman.

Naomi did not want to lose her husband, and to bury her only two sons. These things she could not change, but she made the best of a bad situation. She started life again as a bereft widow being a mother to Ruth. And before she died she had held Ruth’s baby in her arms.

Many memory gems help one to accept with contentment an unchangeable condition:
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isa. 26:3.)

“In quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” (Isa. 30:15)

“And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness quietness and trust forever.” (Isa. 32:17)

*This article was written by brother McCord in 1955. The Bible quotations have been updated to the English Standard Version. Copied from BulletinGold, which copied it from The Encourager, the weekly bulletin for the Calvert City church of Christ, Calvert City, KY. Lance Cordle preaches for the congregation. He may be contacted through the congregation’ s website: http://www.calvertchurchofchrist. com

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