As this Thanksgiving approaches, there are a lot of worried people. That is why Jesus’ words in Matthew 6: 25-34 are so comforting as he tells his disciples not to worry. But these words also do something else. They show us that worry is a sin.
More than once in these verses Jesus gives the command: “Take no thought”. Take no thought about food or clothing or tomorrow. Therefore every time we have “anxious concern” (LDS Bible footnote) about such things, we are going against his command. We are breaking it. We are sinning.
What is even more sobering is that we don’t even have to express those worries. God knows everything. He sees into every nook and cranny of our heart. Therefore all we have to do is be worried – and we have sinned. We are imperfect.
And that sin is serious. Someone once described worry as a little form of atheism. When we worry we are sending a message that we don’t trust that God will provide for us – that we don’t believe what Jesus says in Matthew 6.
Whenever I catch myself worrying, I find myself thanking Jesus for washing that sin away with his blood. I find myself rejoicing knowing that I am completely forgiven in Him. Because Jesus has given me his righteousness, I remain confident that God continues to see me as perfect.
Compare that to the message of Mormonism: “Perfection is a word that causes different reactions from many people. Some people say, ‘Perfection? Why, that is impossible!’ Others say, ‘Perfection? I get discouraged just thinking about it!’ Yet would the Lord give a commandment that was impossible for us to keep? And when he gives a commandment, doesn’t he, as Nephi said, prepare a way for us to accomplish what he commands? The Sermon on the Mount is the Lord’s blueprint for perfection.” (The Life and Teachings of Jesus & His Apostles, p. 57) (Please note: the command to “take no thought” is part of the Sermon on the Mount.)
I prefer Psalm 103:12. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” This Thanksgiving, not only am I going to thank God for reassuring me that he is providing for me, but I am also going to thank him for removing all my sins from me so that right now I am perfect in his sight.