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Worry

     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.

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10 Responses to “Worry”


  1. 1 Ralph Peterson
    November 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    What did Paul teach?

    1 Cor. 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

  2. 2 Echo
    November 26, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Worry is the sin of fear. In fact it is listed among very deadly serious sins. And fear condemns…

    Revelation 21:8 “But the FEARFUL, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the LAKE WHICH BURNETH WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE: WHICH IS THE SECOND DEATH.”

    The LDS says: “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 ”

    Ralph, you are obligated to never be afraid or worry or you will reap the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone which is outer darkness. If you believe it isn’t impossible to keep all the commandments as your leaders teach here, then you better keep them perfectly or otherwise you will be found fearful.

    I on the other hand am trusting in Jesus who kept all the commandments perfectly for me.

  3. 3 Ralph Peterson
    November 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
    2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
    . . .
    4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

  4. 4 Echo
    November 29, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    1 John 1:8 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”

  5. 5 Echo
    November 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Which is the opposite of what Spencer W Kimbal said: “The fact that most of us are far from perfection does not mean that we can’t be perfect,…Man can transform himself and he must. Man has in himself the seeds of godhood, which can germinate and grow. As the acorn becomes the oak, the mortal man becomes a god. It is within his power to lift himself to the plane on which he should be….To be perfect, one can turn to many areas as a starting place. He or she must become the perfect husband, the perfect wife, the perfect father, the perfect mother, the perfect leader, the perfect follower..”
    (First Presidency Message The Abundant Life)

  6. 6 Ralph Peterson
    November 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    1 John 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
    7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
    8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
    9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

  7. 7 Echo
    November 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Luke 17:3-5 ” “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you SEVEN TIMES IN A DAY, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”

    Luke 11:3-4 ” Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.”

    ROmans 4:7-8 ” “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
    Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.”

  8. 8 Echo
    November 30, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Ralph quoted: 1 John 3:6 “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
    7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
    8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
    9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

    Ralph, How many sins have you commit here on this blog unrepentantly? Luke 17:3-5 “and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you SEVEN TIMES IN A DAY, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”

    Now apply the verse you quoted from 1 John 3:6 to yourself alone when it says: “whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him…let no man decieve you, he that doeth righteousness is righteous….he that committeth sin is of the devil…whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin…he cannot sin, because he is born of God”

  9. 9 Echo
    December 2, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Ralph, you have two options, you can either “become the perfect husband, the perfect wife, the perfect father, the perfect mother, the perfect leader, the perfect follower..” (First Presidency Message The Abundant Life) and I will add that since you believe it is possible then you are obligated to do so in this life.

    Or you can trust that Jesus has become all these things for you and in your place having justified the ungodly.


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