anxiety and kindness

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” (Proverbs 12:25)

At first glance, the teaching of this Proverb seems over simple and it’s easy (for me, maybe not others) to say, “Well, of course. This is more self evident than gravity.”

If I can humble myself to get down off my high horse, I’ll dig a little deeper. Here’s the next step:

When I’m with an anxious person, speak kind words, don’t add to it.
When I am the anxious person, seek out people with kind words, not those who will add to it.

Anytime I read a scripture and my first response is, “oh yea, I’ve got that one,” I see this as a sure sign that I need to dig deeper. I don’t want to invent complexities and split hairs–this is fruitless–but neither do I want to miss out on an important truth the Spirit is teaching.

 

What do you have to add?