ƒ Christianity for Thinking People: June 2006

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Do Not Worry

Jesus provides us with this challenging admonition in Matthew 6:25; "... do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear." Those of us who are worriers know just how unhelpful it is for someone to say to us, “don't worry”.

Earlier this year, several of us read and discussed the Sermon on the Mount. We puzzled together over Jesus' admonition in Matthew 6:25, and why it is that Jesus would say something that appears to be an unhelpful platitude, at least in the modern world. Jim Huzzey, a professor at Newbold College suggests that the answer lies with the context of Jesus' statement ... "THEREFORE, I I tell you, do not worry ...". Jesus is building on the admonition he has just provided in verses 19 through 24; following that advice is the key to not worrying.

Fellow worriers, I hope you are uplifted by this week's study.