Ep. #063 - Anxiety, Discontentment, and Thanklessness

Have you ever thought of your anxiety or discontentment as sins? Do you find yourself being thankless? Find out how to combat these sins and how the hope of the gospel changes how we view these respectable sins.

Anxiety and Frustration

  • Some years ago, I surveyed the entire New Testament looking for instances where various Christian character traits were taught by precept or by example. I found twenty-seven. It may not surprise you that love was taught most often, some fifty times. It may surprise you that humility was a close second with forty instances. But what really surprised me is that trust in God in all our circumstances was third, being taught thirteen or more times. The opposite of trust in God is either anxiety or frustration. - Bridges, Jerry. Respectable Sins(p. 57). The Navigators. Kindle Edition. 
Anxiety and Frustration Roots
Distrust of God
Lack of acceptance of God’s providence
Anxiety and Frustration Manifestations
Fear/worry - for anxiety
Anger/upset - for frustration

Discontent

  • Whatever situation tempts us to be discontent, and however severe it may be, we need to recognize that discontentment is sin. That statement may surprise many readers. We are so used to responding to difficult circumstances with anxiety, frustration, or discontentment that we consider them normal reactions to the varying vicissitudes of life. But if we tend to think this way, that just points out to us the subtleness and acceptability of these sins. When we fail to recognize these responses to our circumstances as sin, we are responding no differently from unbelievers who never factor God into their situations. We are back to our ungodliness as the root cause of our sins. - Bridges, Jerry. Respectable Sins(p. 69). The Navigators. Kindle Edition. 
Discontent About
Money and possessions
Unchanging circumstances:
  • An unfulfilling or low-paying job 
  • Singleness well into midlife or beyond 
  • Inability to bear children 
  • An unhappy marriage 
  • Physical disabilities 
  • Continual poor health

Unthankfulness

  • Giving thanks to God for both His temporal and spiritual blessings in our lives is not just a nice thing to do—it is the moral will of God. Failure to give Him the thanks due Him is sin. It may seem like a benign sin to us because it doesn’t harm anyone else. But it is an affront and insult to the One who created us and sustains us every second of our lives. And if, as Jesus so clearly stated, loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind is the great and first commandment, then failure to give thanks to God as a habit of life is a violation of the greatest commandment. - Bridges, Jerry. Respectable Sins(p. 78). The Navigators. Kindle Edition. 

In all circumstances?
1 Thessalonians 5:18

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