How to Stop Worrying: 7 Tips for Christians

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When we feel that things are out of our control we tend to worry but how do you stop worrying?  Most of the awful things we imagine will happen never do. We can be thankful for that.

We should understand that worrying never helps a situation get better. Worrying sends a message to ourselves and those around us that we are helpless and have no where to turn. However, as a Christian, we believe that God has everything in His control. If He really does, and we really believe that, then we have nothing to worry about. We only need to trust that God will take care of everything according to His plan.

Here are 7 tips from the Bible to help us stop worrying.

How To Stop WorryingPray To Stop Worrying

Philippians 4:6, 7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

These wonderful verses tell us to not be filled with care or worry, but to trust God in prayer. Stop worrying by taking your requests to Him. There is nothing wrong with having concern over matters and sharing that with God and with others so that you can pray.

Often in prayer you will hear people asking God for peace in a situation. Why do we need peace? Because without the hope we have in God we would be filled with worry. Paul tells us in these verses we can trade our worry for peace through prayer.

Be Thankful

In the above verses to the Philippians, Paul says that another aspect of getting rid of worry is to be thankful. Be thankful for the things you have. Don’t dwell on those things you cannot control.

Paul indicates that there is nothing wrong with taking your questions and concerns to God. But we should not go to Him out of anger and demand that He work everything out the way we want. We should humbly go to Him in prayer, with a thankful heart, and ask Him to give us that peace that will open our minds to understand and accept His plan.

Think on Good Things

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Just after Paul’s comments about worry he says that we should think on good, godly things. When we focus on positive and wholesome events, memories, plans, etc., then it is hard to be worried about everything else.

Holy Spirit Can Bring Peace

John 14:26, 27 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

In John 14 Jesus is explaining to the disciples where He is going and that He will return. In the meantime the Holy Spirit of God will come and indwell the believers. This was something new to the people of Jesus’ day. They did not have the Holy Spirit living within them like we do as believers today.

One of the names of the Holy Spirit that Jesus often used was Comforter. As a comforter the Holy Spirit can help take your cares and ease them. That doesn’t mean we never have concern for things, but we don’t worry like we would if we didn’t trust that God was in charge. The Holy Spirit is our companion to remind us that God has control.

Trust God’s Strength

Psalm 27:1-3 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Life was a lot less scary (and worrisome) when we were kids and we had parents who were bigger and stronger than us. When we had problems we could go to them and they would say that they would take care of it. We have a God that wants to do that for us today. Will you take your concerns to Him and rely on His strength? He is waiting to take that burden from you.

Worry is Not From God

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Fear that we have is not from God. Understand that the basis of your worry ultimately comes back to the fact that you are not trusting God. God wants us to stop worrying and not to be afraid.

Remember that God Cares For You

1 Peter 5:6, 7 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

God cares for you and me. He wants to take our problems and resolve them. Isn’t it frustrating for us as parents to see our children struggling with a problem, but they won’t listen to us on how to solve it? They come to us and tell us things are wrong, yet when we offer a solution they take the problem back and try to solve it on their own. It makes us hurt for their sakes. What are we doing to God when we worry? When we tell Him we want His help, but then we take the problem back and try to shoulder it ourselves?

I have a friend that says she gets worried when she has nothing to worry about. I know she is joking when she says that, but the truth is we often do the same thing. Worry and anxiety becomes a habit. In some way it gives us comfort, yet it is not healthy and it shows a lack of faith.

When you are tempted to worry or stress remind yourself that worry is a lack of faith in God. When you can trust that God has a perfect plan, then you will be able to stop worrying.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Did you enjoy this article about how to stop worrying? You might also like to read this article about hope:

Hope in God in Hopeless Times

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samson February 3, 2012 at 6:15 am

Am blessed. Thank you.

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Jack February 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Samson, David always blesses us with his articles. Thank you so much for visiting the website. If you like this one, click on David’s name to read more of his 65 marvelous works. He’s got such a great gift.

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Wells February 6, 2012 at 8:28 am

Three fold AMEN… Lord U R So Worthy! I love U I love U I love ur name JESUS!! Most of all I TRUST YOU!

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Jack February 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Amen Wells, Jesus is most certainly worthy. Well said. I trust Him too. Thank you for such a beautiful comment.

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Ronnie March 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Hello…again!,
I’ve been wondering about something that is very disturbing and would thank you to reply about this…as you have recently and I am grateful. This topic is one of those that half the people believe one side and the other side believes the other side. My question is…can a christian lose their salvation? The main reason I ask is because I wandered from the Lord for several decades and I feel if one can lose it, it would be for that. Thank you very much again for your direction.

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Jack March 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Greetings again Ronnie. Instead of giving you a long answer here, please let me redirect you to an article that we have published over this very question. It is called “Can a Christian Lose Their Salvation? A Biblical Analysis” [the link is below]. I think it should calm your concerns and give you peace of mind. Let me know what you think after you read it Ronnie. Thanks again friend for visiting us.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/can-a-christian-lose-their-salvation-a-biblical-analysis/

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detrick myer July 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Pray for mei have teenage mom and the boy is no good

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David Peach July 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I pray for you now that God will give you peace and understanding in your situation.

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Jon July 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Thanks for the reminders and encouragement-my wife is terminal and medical bankruptcy may be on the horizon-if I didn’t think God was in charge, I couldn’t even get out of bed in the morning. Worry still creeps in, but when it does, I will repeat these reminders of God’s will.

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David Peach July 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I know this is a very difficult time for you. It is encouraging to me to see your confidence in the Lord.

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Jon July 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm

As I was posting my comment earlier today, I was praying that God would end my wife’s suffering. At 2:00 p.m., I got a call from the nursing home that she had passed away. I am so thankful that a merciful God is in charge of the universe.

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Tony Kim July 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Hello dave. Blessings to everyone here who stumbled upon this website looking for God’s grace and an answer.

I wanna ask for your prayers for recently i have realized that i worry way too much, and been going through anxiety these days due to my physical health (GERD) Through my experience with GERD and Alot of Anxiety i know God is trying to pull me closer and just have me rely on him for everything i need in life. I pray that whoever reads this that they can pray so god can really heal me fully, and that God really puts comfort into my heart, and my mind. I want to stop worrying, and seek refuge in christ’s arms and I dont want my thoughts to wander.

THank you guys! :))) if you guys have any questions please feel free to email me tonesdiamond@gmail.com

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Jon July 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm

oops-forgot to tell you Tony that my son and I will pray for you by name tonight

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Jon July 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm

the devil puts thoughts of worry in your head, then condemns you for having them! (He is really a pathetic loser, isn’t he?) It helps me to push worried thoughts out of my head to remember that it’s not from God, it’s the devil TRYING pulling the wool over my eyes-

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drew October 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

Thank you David. This article gave me peace while I read it and I hope it will carry over throughout the days and nights. Unfortunately I constantly worry but it has brought me closer to the Lord everyday(His plan), however my grief and worry can get no worse. I want to let my worry and grief go as I do trust in the Lord, but why can I let go of this worry & anxiety? It is slowing destroying me. Please help & pray for me. Thank you.

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Jon I October 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Thanks. This made a big difference in my day.

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doc November 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Thank you for this wonderful article. I have been spending most of my life worrying, and up until I read your article, I was worried about a presentation I am about to do. Thank you God for always bringing good things my way.

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Sophia November 22, 2012 at 12:31 am

This article gave me more peace :) If you have time, please pray that I will be able to trust God to find my science fair notebook. This sounds so trivial compared to bigger matters but please pray for me nonetheless. Thank you!

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JadeC B January 18, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I loved this article. It will help me get through the day. “Ask God for peace in a situation so you don’t have to worry. The hope we have in God we wouldn’t be filled with worry. ” “Don’t dwell on the things you can’t control.” Amen.

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Mary February 10, 2013 at 5:55 pm

This article is helping me put things in perspective. With the financial worries my daughters college tuition payments, paying bills, and trying to stay ahead it is very unsettling with worry. My husband and I work so hard to provide for our family but its always an extra bill, taxes etc….I love you Jesus and you have always been their for me and my family. Please Lord, I am giving up my worry to you and asking you to give me peace of mind and enjoy my day to day life. I love you and I ask you for joy and contentment and to walk beside me and comfort me.

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raph April 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Hi. Thank you for sharing this beautiful Words of God. If I may this question: is it wrong to pray to God for financial blessings, even if the purpose of which is not very important such as vacation money? God bless.

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David Peach April 29, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I don’t think it is wrong to pray for anything as long as you pray with a willing heart to accept God’s answer. What you are praying for may be wrong, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take it to the Lord. He may answer with a No, or He may not answer at all. But there is nothing wrong with taking it to the Lord in prayer.

And, yes, I am even talking about praying for things that you know can’t be the will of God. You pray honestly before the Lord and allow Him to change your heart.

I am not saying that you praying for vacation money is wrong. I think it is a perfectly good thing to pray for. I am making the statement that it is OK to pray for anything that is a burden to your heart.

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Erica May 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I’ve been having anxiety about my insomnia, depression, and finishing my last two classes in college. I know God is a healer and he knows what’s best. I broke up with my boyfriend of 8 years and it hurts. I thought he was going to marry me. I feel shame that I didn’t do it sooner. He apologized this year in an email and It just hurt me more. I’m asking The Lord to help me let go of him. It’s been around 10 months and slowly recovering from my nervous breakdown. Trying to pray more and increase my faith. It’s very hard and battling depression is a struggle everyday. God wants the best and I will keep moving forward. I’m really scared that I can’t sleep without a sleeping pill. B/c it’s not natural. I’ve tried and I just stay up all night. Going to work the next day tired. Not sure how I’m going to focus in school. Trying to stay positive.

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David Peach May 20, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Erica, thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns here. I pray for you right now that God will give you clear direction on how to proceed.

Let me encourage you to find someone with whom you can freely talk about your anxiety and insomnia. It does not need to be a professional counselor (though that would not be bad). I think you might be very surprised as to how talking with someone who will commit to pray for you will make a big difference. Find an older lady in your church that you respect and build a relationship with her.

It doesn’t matter that much if this is someone you know well or not. If you are away from your normal church family while you are at school, you can find someone in the church you are visiting. Try to find someone who will listen and pray. It doesn’t have to be someone who has all the answers in life. In fact, it is probably best if it is someone who will listen without offering much advice at all.

Anxiety is one of the things that is often helped by the process of sharing your concerns with someone. Especially someone who will pray and will remind you that she is praying for you. There is great emotional strength that comes from knowing someone is praying for you.

I would also look to diet and exercise as ways to help your insomnia. When I say diet, I don’t necessarily mean eating only salads. I mean that you should consider that some things you eat and drink can be a source of some of your insomnia.

I think strenuous exercise is good for everyone, but honestly it doesn’t require running 5 miles a day to get the emotional and physical benefits that exercise can bring. Try to commit to walking 30 minutes to an hour a day for 4-6 days a week. That may be enough to help clear your mind from much of the stress you currently feel.

I trust God will show Himself strong to you during this time.

[I don’t think medication is wrong. I happen to take medication for a similar situation. What is wrong is when you grow more dependent on the medication than you are on God and your relationship with Him.]

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Lacy Northweather June 25, 2013 at 1:41 am

Great article. I find this website in general is helping me get my fingerprints on the Bible and use it as it was intended, Life’s ultimate instruction manual. I love that I can come to your site and find articles that direct me to the verses of what I’m questioning. These worry passages are amazing and I feel a huge weight is already being lifted off my shoulders!

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Annie July 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

This has article has indeed blessed me and i am now a changed person with the new outlook on how things like.

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Sherry March 15, 2014 at 6:01 am

It’s early morning was looking for prayer on worry an found your article I will keep reading it. I am going through such a rough time an I know worry is a sin yes I struggle with anxiety an panic attacks an phobia of meds. I wonder why this has come upon me. I have to keep trusting God. They have raised my meds to 400 a month. I know my Heavenly Father knows an cares. Have to start trusting an believeing. Thank you God Bless.

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Eugene May 26, 2014 at 11:48 am

Hello David Peach, I have a question for you. How do you know that “God want us to stop worry and not be afraid”, when the word worry wasn’t even mention in 2 Timothy 1:7.

Thanks for answering

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Jack Wellman May 26, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Hello Eugene. I cannot speak for the author of this fine article but 2 Tim 1: 7 says “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power” and I see fear as a form of worry and if we are fearful then we are worried about something, right? Fear is a worry about something so the lack of fear can be extinguished by the power of the Holy Spirit because God has given each believer the Holy Spirit and not given “us a spirit of fear.” Does that make sense sir? I hope it does and thank you for your comment.

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Eugene May 26, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Just making sure that I am reading this right. Are you saying that the spirit of fear include things like worry, anxiety etc? Since god didn’t give us have the the spirit of fear, therefore we can conclude that “God wants us to stop worrying and not to be afraid”. Are my right?

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Eugene May 26, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Since god didn’t give us the spirit of fear*

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Jack Wellman May 26, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Yes, you are spot on Eugene. Thank you so much sir for understanding. God doesn’t give us a spirit or tendency to fear but one of power because if God is for us, who can be against us (Rom 8:31)?

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Eugene June 2, 2014 at 9:51 am

Ok sounds great. By the way, I’m just wondering, did you see and read all of my comments? Or do you only see the comments when I reply to your comments? If you’ve noticed every time I post a comment I make a mistake, and to fix that mistake I have to reply to my own comment and mention the fact that I made a mistake in that comment. So did you see those comments where I mention the fact that I made a mistake in my previous comment? So if you only see the comments when I reply to your comment then that could be a problem. This is probably the most naïve question you have ever seen but I just want to make sure that we understood each other.

Eugene May 26, 2014 at 3:19 pm

stop worrying*

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Eugene May 26, 2014 at 3:32 pm

I made a mistake in my first comment I meant to say “god want us to stop worrying”, of course if you read it fast you wouldn’t notice the difference.

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Lana July 3, 2014 at 6:54 am

I want to stop worrying and trust Gid, but I find it difficult with all I see around me.. I see believers losing their children due to tragedies, accidents, and diseases while their prayers go unanswered… How can I stop worrying about my children if God does not promise to keep them safe and healthy, if He lets all these things happen to children of believers, how can I not worry about my kids?

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Lana July 3, 2014 at 6:55 am

I want to stop worrying and trust Gid, but I find it difficult with all I see around me.. I see believers losing their children due to tragedies, accidents, and diseases while their prayers go unanswered… How can I stop worrying about my children if God does not promise to keep them safe and healthy, if He lets all these things happen to children of believers, how can I not worry about my kids??

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tamara harvey September 1, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Am so glad to fine this web site I really believe that God lead me here am really encourage I’ve been out of church for abt 5 years finding my way back . I’ve been having a serious problem off lately a great fear has come  upon me the fear of dying of sickness and of getting old and dying and I know this is not of God I really want to get rid of it so bad awaiting your reply in the mean time am asking all who read this please pray for me to overcome

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Peter January 12, 2015 at 4:55 am

I have a friend who is in turmoil with her worrying. She gets dark thoughts in her head that she is so ashamed and disgusted with that she believes that she needs to be or will be punished by God. Her worst fears are that she will never be forgiven and will go to hell or that something will happen to the people closest to her to punish her and it will all be her fault. The turmoil is worst when these thoughts come when she is doing anything holy i.e. at church, praying or reading the Bible.

I have been trying to give her reassurance that these thoughts do not come from her heart, because I know she is a kind God loving woman, and therefore are not her own thoughts. I tell her that it is the devil who is putting these thoughts into her head because he does not want her getting closer to God. I also tell her that God does not punish those who love him and ask forgiveness for their sins and would never harm anyone else because of our own shortcomings.

She prays to God to help her and is frustrated that He doesn’t seem to be doing anything. I tell her that God is the answer and that what you need to have is complete faith and trust in him that there will be no consequences due to the dark thoughts because He knows what is in your heart and mind. I try to give her hope that it is good that you do find these dark thoughts disgusting and wrong because this is the real you at work.

She was at church a few months ago were the reading and sermon was based on Luke Chapter 12. In verse 10 it states that “And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” She is convinced that her dark thoughts are doing this and therefore she will not be forgiven. I keep trying to explain to her that this is not something that can be done by thought alone. It works for a while but the fear never truly goes away and so continues to come back as a worry nearly every time she gets into a dark place.
I do not know what to do other than to keep reassuring her, trying to convince her to trust God more and to pray for her. If you have any other suggestions I would appreciate them.

I find the part of your article about fear interesting. As a Christian myself, I find the subject confusing. On the one hand we are told that “God hath not given us the spirit of fear”, yet there are many versus that warn us to be fearful of God. In fact you could sum our whole Christian belief into 2 camps, Hope and Fear. Hope that if we declare our love for the Lord and confess our sins that He will save us and we will live with him forever. However, if we do not, we should be fearful the consequences of going to hell. I know a lot of sermons are based on this reasoning. I would be interested in your views on this.

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Jack Wellman January 12, 2015 at 8:31 am

Peter, thank you so much sir for your question about your friends fear. I noticed that she fears more when she is doing something for the Lord. That tells me that this may be the enemy getting into her head. Our worst spiritual attacks come when we are doing things for God and for His glory. Anyone who has repented and put their trust in Christ has no reason to fear. The word “fear” when talking about God usually means a holy, reverential respect and deep admiration for God…not a fear of being struck down and sent to hell. that is the enemy putting that into her mind. Our hope in God is not a hope-so but a know-so and so please try to reassure her that anyone who is born again has no more fear of the wrath of God. Please ask her to read John chapter 6 and 10. Fear is the opposite of trust and she must not reply on human feelings because they are highly unreliable but God’s Word is always true. The more she stays in the Word, the less I believe she will fear. Has she spoken to her pastor about this? I suggest she does. She is convinced about her dark thoughts but the human heart is deceitful and untrustworthy…God’s Word is as sure as the sunrise…in fact, more son.

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Courtney June 10, 2015 at 3:35 pm

I have changed from an addictive sinful past. Although it has not been long I have turned to God and given him my sins and worries. I have always been a believer but never a listener. I have started reading the Bible and plan to finish. I look to scripture for guidance and today like many my past has haunted me and I still pay for having an addiction. My daughter pays for it most and I look to God to help me right my wrongs I’ve done by being absent and choosing drugs. I have changed completely but I still worry that change is not enough although I have won my battle with drugs I have not won my battle with worry. God put it on my heart to read this today and its exactly what I needed to hear. I give God all my worries and know as long as he is in my heart and my actions that there is nothing to worry about. God has my back and loves me no matter what I have done but loves me more for who I have become.
Thanks for the scriptures I needed them today!

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Jack Wellman June 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Hi Eugene my brother. Yes, I did see them and no problem. I make mistakes and typos and I usually let them stay because I want people to know that like I tell the church where I pastor at in my sermons: “Today, part of me sermon will be absolutely perfect! The part where I read out of the Bible.” LOL I see all comments and even the ones with mistakes but that’s okay. I can only cast stones at myself brother. This is a very good question and not naïve at all my friend. I loved it and it shows me the humility with which you have and as part of the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

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