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Anxiety Can Destroy Relationships Or Bring You Together - What to Do When Others Are Anxious

Aug 18, 2007
Do you know someone who is anxious, worrisome, or having a particularly bad day? If you do, Proverbs 12:25 has a simple remedy that can help.

The verse says, "Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." All it takes for you to help that person is to give them a good word. What is a good word? Well, it can be a simple as saying, "I'm praying for you." Or you can give a word of encouragement. Better yet, sit and listen to them. Sometimes all people need is someone to talk to for a little bit. Your few words won't mean nearly as much as your willingness to give them a little time.

If you don't know what word or words to use, think about what anxiety is -- it's an emotional and unbiblical response to a perceived danger. It's fear of some problem or calamity coming against us. So if someone is anxious, they think something bad is about to happen. The reason they are anxious is because they have a natural desire to protect themselves from that danger.

Notice I said anxiety is a response. There's nothing wrong with the underlying emotions. The problem is the response to the situation. In most cases of anxiety, the emotions have taken over and the person isn't thinking. They make poor decisions and end up doing themselves more harm than good.

How can I say anxiety is an unbiblical response? Because God tells us not to be anxious. He tells us not to worry. And He tells us not to be timid or fearful. What God is essentially telling us is that we need to rest in Him in all situations. We need to trust Him. And we need to think about a godly way to respond to the perceived danger.

If you're in a position where a friend or family member is anxious, a good word is something that will help them respond properly to the situation. They may still have fear or other emotions. But you can help them think. Usually the best way to do that is through a series of questions that help them come up with their own answers. Telling them what to do will come across as preaching at them or having a "holier than thou" attitude.

But if you can ask questions about the situation where the answers lead the person to the right conclusion, you encourage them to think and come up with the response on their own. Anxiety weighs us down because it destroys our hope. But asking the right questions or saying a good word can restore that hope and make the heart glad.
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Steve Kroening writes for Success magazine and also publishes Wisdom's Edge. You can get Biblical tips on health, finance, relationships, parenting, and success, delivered to your email inbox every week. Simply visit http://www.wisdomsedge.com and sign up for this free e-zine.
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