Worry Is Sin?

Many incarcerated teens are worried.  Jake loves the Lord, but Jake was worried. I told him that worry is sin. Why? Because it shows we are not trusting God. Trusting God is what the Christian life is all about.

I directed him to Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

“What that means, Jake, is that God wants us to be THANKFUL, even for our difficulties. When we are thankful it shows we are trusting Him.

“When we are obedient and thank God, then we receive God’s peace that passes understanding. That peace is like a very special gift to us. It is that very peace that will guard (protect) our minds so we don’t become depressed, nervous, worried or fearful. That peace also guards (protects) our hearts so we don’t begin to love that which is not good for us.

“It isn’t easy to give thanks for being locked up. You can be honest with God. Tell Him, ‘I don’t like being here! But I also want to obey You. I want to show You that I WILL trust You. So, I will say Thank You, even for this.’”

Jake did just that. He prayed aloud, “God, thank you for letting me get busted. I don’t like it here, but I want to thank You anyway because I believe You had a good reason, and I’m going to trust You.”

You might say Jake was transformed before my eyes! The peace was real and it was followed by joy—he was actually happy when we said goodnight.

  • Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.     Ephesians 5:19b-20
  • Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.     1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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6 Responses to Worry Is Sin?

  1. Mark says:

    worry is that last wall that last barrier we must break through – and often – the hardest!

  2. renee says:

    Profound truth.

  3. Mel says:

    Ah yes, “WORRY”. Worry comes from “FEAR”, and the spirit of fear certainly doesn’t come from God, and if it doesn’t come from God, where does it come from? The Devil, Satan, our enemy. Is it a sin to WORRY? If unbelief is the basis of our worries, then yes, it’s a sin. Do we all worry over things at times? Yes, if we are honest (“lying” is a sin also). I’m never thankful for my difficulties, but thankful in my circumstance (James 1:2-4).

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