HOW TO WIN OVER WORRY
MATTHEW 6: 27 - 34
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JESUS CHRIST knows human nature. He knows your tendency to
worry. He is aware of your proclivity to be pessimistic and look
on the dark side of most things. Knowing this He addressed the
subject by posing a practical question showing the futility of
worry: "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his
stature?" (Matthew 6: 17).
Modern day behavioral psychologists have studiously observed
people who worry and concluded the following:
40% of the things we worry about never happen.
30% have already happened.
12% relate unnecessarily to our own health.
10% pertain to miscellaneous minutia.
8% need our undivided attention and worry prevents this.
Mark Twain once wrote: "I am an old man and I have seen a lot of
troubles, but most of them never happened."
I have read the text from the NKJ. The Authorized King James
version translates the Greek word MERIMNAO "take no thought."
The Greek word has two parts which are MERIM, meaning "mind" and
NAO, signifying "to divide." Thus, the word speaks of a divided
mind. That is what worry is, a divided mind. It means to fall to
pieces. Oldtimers used to say, "I just fell to pieces."
The reason MERIMNAO is translated "take no thought" in the AKJ
and "worry" in the NKJ is word meanings tend to change. For
example, there was a day in which to say "You look bad in that
outfit" was a putdown. Today it means you look great.
"A double-minded man is unstable in all his ...
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