|One-Minute Bible Study|
I. The Toll Of Stress
He, like many of us, experienced sorrow and grief. The effect on him was that his eyesight became weak.
When his spiritual life suffered because of guilt, he became physically weak.
Because he became consumed by what others thought of him, he felt like broken pottery, his body falling apart.
Similarly, because he internalized the slander and threats against him, he felt like his body was collapsing.
II. The Effects Of Stress
Research shows that the risk of coronary disease for those with Type A personalities isn’t so much related to their overwork, ambition, or drive. The risk is in being chronically bitter, angry, and cynical—signs of mishandling stress
Studies show that stress over time will increase blood pressure which can lead to stroke and heart attacks
Stress can increase blood cholesterol levels, damage muscle tissue and lead to diabetes and infertility
III. Biblical Solutions To Stress
The ancient Egyptians recommended cheerfulness and optimism for good health
The ancient Greeks recommended rest and relaxation to promote healing
And the Bible has many tips on managing stress
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength—Proverbs 17:22
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear—Luke 12:22
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus—Philippians 2:1-8
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you—Isaiah 26:3
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good— Romans 12:21
You may view the current and previous One Minute Bible Studies:
Getting Back On Track (January, 2006)
To Live Is Christ (December, 2005)
Breaking Loose (November, 2005)
The God Of Second Chances (October, 2005)
|Psalm 31:9 Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress.|