Jim Coyle

Proverbs 12:25 "Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up."

When we think of anxiety, we often think of someone who suffers from a medical condition that causes extreme apprehension or fear.  Anxiety is actually defined as nervousness, worry, concern, fretfulness and fear.  When we consider what is happening in our society today, you can certainly understand why people are anxious.  They are losing their jobs and homes, have marital problems, are suffering from heath concerns, and some even are in fear of the next terrorist attack.

As Christians, we are taught to, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."  1 Peter 5:6-8 and Philippians 4:6, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."  These are things we must do when we are anxious, but what do we do when we come across someone suffering from general anxiety (not the clinical type)?

Anxious people need someone kind to listen to them. Then you need to bring their perspective back to the reality of God's sovereign control and His concern for us.  He acknowledges that anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word can bring peace.  Always remember to end your conversation with a kind word and then pray for them.  Don't say, “I'll pray for you later”; do it then.

Let me challenge you to start encouraging those around you who are anxious.  Remember, your kind words, a godly perspective, and prayer can cheer them up.

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