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6. DO NOT WORRY! (Matt.6:25-34)

BACKGROUND: The word righteousness (vs.33) means complete purity in thoughts words and deeds. Only a righteous man/ woman is acceptable to God and can go to heaven.
  1. Put in your own words the things that Jesus forbids us to worry about in this passage.
    • Which of the things mentioned in this passage worries you most?
    • How would your life change if you could stop worrying about the things mentioned in this passage?
  2. What will happen in a family, if one of its members is always worried about money, health, future and the like?
    • What does worrying do to our bodies?
  3. What does worrying have in common with lack of faith?
    • How could we reduce the amount of worrying and lack of faith in our lives?
  4. Find all the promises Jesus gives his disciples in this passage.
    • Which of these promises is the easiest for you to believe? Which one is most difficult?
  5. Read verses 31-32. What is the thing you feel you most desperately need today? (You can answer in your heart.)
    • Are you convinced that your Heavenly Father knows what you really need today? Give your reasons.
  6. What does it mean in practice to seek first the kingdom of God (vs.33)?
    • Why do people usually seek first their earthly happiness rather than the kingdom of God?
    • What do you seek first? (You can answer in your heart.)
  7. What does it mean in practice to seek God's righteousness, not one's own (vs.33b)?
    • If you have experienced having been led from seeking your own righteousness to seeking God's righteousness, please share your experience with others.
  8. What does verse 34 mean?
    • Recall a time when you were worrying about something in the future. What should you have done in that situation instead of worrying?
    • Knowing your present circumstances Jesus still speaks verses 33-34 to you. What do you answer him?

GLAD TIDINGS: Jesus put always God's kingdom above everything else. And yet he was not given one of the good things promised in this passage, but the cross. Jesus carried to the cross the punishment of our worrying and not believing in God. That is why he can now receive even people who have only a little faith.

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