What is is it?
It can be described as worry. But can also be:
1. distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune:
He felt anxiety about the possible loss of his job.
2. earnest but tense desire; eagerness:
He had a keen anxiety to succeed in his work.
Regardless, it includes a restlessness of mind that affects our bodies and well-being. It can touch every aspect of our lives.
“Anxiety about relationships can make you withdrawn and indifferent and uncaring about other people. Anxiety about how someone will respond to you can make you cover over the truth and lie about things.” – John Piper from Battling Unbelief
So, yes, even our relationships are affected. Left unchecked, it can even lead into apathy and further sin as John’s quote above points toward. Anxiety doesn’t just affect you but others as well.
To counter anxiety, we must turn to God and come to trust Him with every aspect of our lives. Even the aspects we personally find very sensitive to.
I’ll leave this post with several verses of encouragement for further reading:
Matt. 6:25 – 34 (pause and think after each verse)
1 Cor. 10:13
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