Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.
Anxiety is a crippling emotion. It grips a person and causes lots of other problems; physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Doctors say it can cause many ailments and diseases in people. Some people feel trapped, alone, and by themselves as a result of anxiety. I’m not a doctor and I don’t want to sound here that I have this emotion all figured out. I don’t. I still deal with this emotion from time to time. Some of you reading this know all about anxiety and what it can do. My prayers are with you.
But what I’m talking about here is what God thinks about anxiety and how He instructs us about this emotion. There is such a thing as a “ministry of encouragement”. The ministry of encouragement is more than a superficial word. It’s a spoken word that is an important aspect of caring for one another. In the book of James it says, “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?” (James 2:15-16 NKJV) We see anxiety all around us. We see it in our family, our friends, our co-workers, our neighbors, and even feel it ourselves. The bible tells us clearly how Jesus dealt with those He saw. It says that, “He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd.” (Mark 6:34 NKJV) The multitude were those who Jesus walked with, talked with, and ministered to. An encouraging word is a compassionate word. It is given to uplift someone above what they are facing. It is directed to move their mind from where they are to another place. A place of peace and a place of love.
The first part of Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine”. The second part says, “but a broken spirit dries the bones.” I desire more of the first part then the latter. But the latter describes exactly what anxiety does to a person. It dries you up to where there is no life giving flow any more. Overcoming this emotion is very important to God. He desires for us to be free; to have the chains broken of anxiety that rob our joy. Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV, says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
I feel that I’m talking to someone who will read this and understand what I’m talking about. God has called each of us to be an establisher and a builder of His Kingdom. I believe that means to be an encourager. One who is willing to share a kind word, build up someone who is down, and demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ.
Let me share a secret with you. When I am full of anxiety or worry and I set my emotions aside to encourage another person, what I am worried about just seems to wither away. At least for that moment. Encouraging others is a medicine for the heart; both theirs and our own. When we go to God in prayer and make known to Him what causes us worry and receive that peace, and then partner that with bringing encouragement to another person’s life, we are bringing God’s promises to life. What a tremendous formula for freedom.
Great and glorious God, thank You that You care so much for us. That You want the chains of anxiety to be broken for good. That we can call upon You and make our emotions known to You and receive Your peace. Help us to have a revelation moment when the grip of worry and anxiety leave us and may we give You all the honor and praise. Thank You for Your Word Lord and help us live a life of encouragement and compassion for others. May we be more and more like Jesus. In Jesus Name we pray. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!