When moving into a new home, the major task ahead is unpacking all the boxes and settling in. Similarly, when the gorilla (unforgiveness) moves into our hearts, Brian Jones (Getting Rid of the Gorilla) tells us the first thing the gorilla unpacks is anxiety.
Pastor Jones goes on to explain: “Anxiety masks the real issues involved in forgiving those who have hurt us by locking us into replaying what happened to us over and over again. . . . Anxiety makes our situation seem more painful and intractable than it actually is, if for no other reason than the more we replay the memories, the more ingrained they become.”
Prayer, Brian emphasizes, is our best weapon against anxiety. It freshens our perspective on our situation and enables us to look at what we’ve experienced in new ways.
St. Paul encourages us: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God , which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4: 6-7)