Symptoms of deeply ingrained anxiety -Part 1

By Dave Henning / November 7, 2013

In Chapter 4 (“Reviewing the Evidence: Recognizing Ingrained Fear by Examining the Consequences”) of Emotions, Charles Stanley discusses six symptoms of deeply ingrained anxiety.  The first two symptoms are presented today.

1.  A persistent lack of peace.  The New Testament word for anxiety, used in 1 Peter 5: 6-7 (“Cast all your anxiety on him . . .”), is merimna- which comes from a root that means “pulled apart” or “split into pieces”, or “disjointed”.  When we’re anxious, our attention is diverted and we’re prevented from focusing on the task before us.

This is in direct opposition to the Greek word for peace, eirene, meaning “joined or bound together”.  It reflects an inner sense of harmony and tranquility as well as the peace we have being united with Christ.

2.  A divided mind.  Because anxiety is a constant and wearying distraction, we develop a subtle but persistent inability to focus.  Furthermore, we may struggle with indecisiveness, unable to step forward out of fear of taking a wrong turn or missing something better.  Fear immobilizes us.  However, for some of us fear has the opposite effect, compelling us to make rash or impulsive decisions.

Today’s question: Following your ministry downsizing or vocation loss, how have these first two symptoms of anxiety impacted your relationships with God and others?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Symptoms of deeply ingrained anxiety- Part 2”


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