Friday, February 13, 2015 4:46 AM

The Sin of Worry

Friday, February 13, 2015 4:46 AM
Friday, February 13, 2015 4:46 AM

Luke 12:22–23 Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.

Let me begin by stating something that you may or may not agree with: “Worry” is sin. Worry is not part of our personality; it is not something to be excused because “everybody does it.” From God’s perspective, worry is sin. But in order to clarify this (it is important to know when we are sinning and when we are not), let’s separate worry from concern.

It is certainly right to be concerned about things which are your responsibility and over which you exercise control. God expects us to be responsible, to be concerned that we follow through on what is ours to do. But worry is concerning yourself about things over which you have no control. Worry is allowing care and concern to escalate beyond the realm of responsibility and into a realm in which you have no authority or control—God’s realm. And that kind of concern, which is worry, is sin.

When we worry, we deny the faithfulness of God— and that is why worry is sin.[1]

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary : Finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (363). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

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