The Worried Heart

Do you have a worried heart? I used to struggle with worry, but I’ve learned a few things along the way that may help you, too.

What is worry?  The word “worry” comes from the Greek word merimnao which is actually a combination of two other Greek words, merizo and nous. Merizo means “to divide” while nous means “mind.” So, to worry means to divide the mind. When the mind is divided, so is the heart.

The Book of James tells us that a divided mind is an unstable mind (James 1:8). So, when we worry, our minds are actually unstable. And an unstable mind is incapable of making a wise decision–or any decision at all, for that matter. Moreover, worry adversely affects our physical bodies, which are the temples of the Holy Spirit.

Not only does worry split the mind and hurt the body, but, more significantly, worry is also a sin.  We rarely look on worry as a sin, but if we did, we might be more intentional in overcoming it.  

One insight that greatly helped me in overcoming worry was to realize that worry is simply using my imagination in a negative way.  Each of us has an imagination. We can choose to use it to picture positive outcomes for our lives, or we can choose it to picture negative outcomes for our lives. The good news is that we have a choice. Choose to use your imagination to picture positive outcomes for your life and worry will no longer plague you.

Overcoming worry involves creating a picture in your imagination that corresponds with God’s picture of you as found in His Word.  When your picture and God’s picture agree, you set in motion the power of agreement as described in Matthew 18:19.  When the power of agreement is in effect, faith is ignited to receive what God has for you.

Corrie Ten Boom who survived the concentration camps said this: “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its troubles; it empties today of its strength.”  

The Word of God is our antidote to worry. When you are tempted to worry, meditate on these words of Jesus:

Hebrews 13:5 – “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”

Matthew 6:34 – ““So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.”

Finally, remember this: what we worry about rarely comes to pass. So why waste precious time worrying when we can spend that same time trusting God and resting in His love for us?

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Copyright 2015 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved.

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