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Is Being Anxious a Sin? Bible Verses About Anxiety

Is it a sin for Christians to struggle with anxiety? How do we give our fears to God? What should you do if you have crippling anxiety? We were not made to carry the burden of anxiety, yet it is a real struggle for many people. Find hope as we use these Bible verses about anxiety to understand how Christians can overcome it.

 

Ways Anxiety Presents Itself

Anxiety may present itself in more apparent ways for some people than others. Some people experience it as a response to psychological disorders and chemical alterations in the brain. These debilitating symptoms can persist for months on end, and people who suffer from them should seek counseling and medical attention.

Bible verses about anxiety often address the specific emotion of worry that is focused on either uncertainty regarding the future or anticipation of worst-case scenarios. Common symptoms of worry include intrusive thoughts, pain in the body, lack of sleep, episodes of panic, feelings of anxiousness, and debilitating fear. These symptoms can prohibit us from realizing the peace God wants us to experience.

 

Sources of Anxiety

At its root, anxiety is a response to a real or perceived threat. It warns us of impending danger but does not differentiate whether the risk is real. God gives us some anxious feelings as defense mechanisms to avoid trouble. These feelings stop us from entering a dangerous situation, like walking into oncoming traffic. 

However, sometimes, Bible verses about anxiety address something God wants to free us from. When dealing with anxiety, we often address the surface issues and the symptoms rather than the root cause. Jesus wants you to understand that you are not alone in your struggle, but He wants to help you discover the source of your struggle.  

You may wrestle with the tension of anxiety your whole life, but your struggle should drive you to your knees before the Lord. Bible verses about anxiety, like Matthew 6:27, prompt us to consider what value it adds to our lives. 

The reality is anxiety exists because of sin, but that does not always mean that the anxiety you experience is because of a sin you commit. You might have a predisposition because of biological issues as the result of how sin has affected God’s creation. You might experience anxiety because of a trauma that was inflicted on you because of someone else’s sin. You also might experience anxiety because of poor choices, sinful actions, lack of faith, etc. It is helpful to think of anxiety in three categories:

 

1. Sins we commit.

Sin means to miss the mark and do something that hurts others and yourself. Some people are anxious and sick because they are living in sin. The Lord’s hand weighs heavy on us when we conceal our sins, but He forgives and heals us when we confess them (Psalm 32:3-4). Harboring bitterness in your heart toward someone will defile you and lead to stress, anxiety, and depression (Hebrews 12:14-15). 

Sometimes, anxiety comes from being too busy. We become so consumed with our to-do lists, activities, and commitments that we forget to spend time with our Creator. We need daily time with the Lord to allow His Word to saturate our hearts and minds so we can return to the truth when we feel anxiety creeping in.

 

2. Sins against us.

Some people struggle with mental illness because of something someone else did to them. While your anxiety may not be your fault, it is your reality. Whether your struggle comes from clinical anxiety or a sin committed against you, you need to address what happened to you in a safe space with mental health professionals and biblical community.

 

3. Sins affect God's creation.

Some people struggle with biological challenges that result in anxiety due to genetic predispositions, chemical imbalances, and physiological impairments. In these situations, God has provided medical professionals to consult.

 

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Is Being Anxious a Sin?

The most frequently repeated command in Bible verses about anxiety is “fear not.” If we could turn off anxiety by choosing not to fear, we would. But God is not scolding you for your anxiety when His Word says, “Fear not.” Instead, He is reassuring you that you do not need to fear because He is with you. He offers grace, truth, and love to help you overcome your anxiety.

Allowing anxiety to consume you by not accessing the love and grace God has given you gives the enemy victory in your mind. Seeking help through prayer, wise counsel, or medical consultations will help you identify the root cause of your anxiety and find healing. When you confess your struggle to God and seek help, you can walk, worship, and live from a place of victory.

 


 

Bible Verses About Anxiety

Let these Bible verses about anxiety calm your spirit and reassure you that God’s peace covers anything you encounter.

 

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 4:6-7

God’s peace is greater and more potent than any peace the world can give. We cannot understand it, but if we ask Him for it, He will give it to us.

 

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”—Jeremiah 17:7-8

This verse is a beautiful picture of the life available if we trust the Lord with our anxieties. When we trust Him, we live a healthy life full of freedom and joy and bear fruit no matter the season of our lives.

 

“And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”—Luke 12:25-27

We are not in control of our lives. If Bible verses about anxiety remind us that we cannot add any height to our stature or years to our life by worrying, then we should follow the examples of the rest of creation and rest in God’s promise that He will provide for us.

 


 

Reminders for Believers

When dealing with anxiety, the goal is not to numb the symptoms but to know the source. If we are anxious, we can learn to trust God, receive God’s love, and seek help from biblical community. The Bible verses about anxiety we shared remind us that there is hope, victory, and healing in Jesus (1 Peter 1:3). Trust God with your worries, seek professional help, and share your thoughts with your community so you can live in a place of victory over anxiety.

 

Abundant Life Counseling Center desires to be intentional about providing services to help individuals begin to heal in areas that have been broken. If you need professional help to heal your anxiety, schedule an appointment with one of our compassionate counselors today.