Stress, it’s all around us. And it’s common to say that because society is so much more complex today, we are all under a lot more stress than people were fifty years ago. What is stress? When you put weight on a cable, you place it under stress. Too much stress will cause the cable to snap. That’s how it is with you and me. Too much pressure and we snap. The nerves are shattered. There can be a nervous breakdown.
Listen to the warning given by Jesus, “Be on your guard, that your hearts not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life” (Luke 21:34). The human heart involves the mind and emotions as well as the physical life. Jesus is saying that too great a burden may be placed upon our minds and emotions. Getting drunk is one way such a burden can be placed on you mind. You know that drunkenness clouds your mind and alters your emotions. The result is you cannot relate to others properly. Drunkenness so alters our moods that some people become dangerous! They sometimes beat their wives and kill people while driving! Drunkenness is a terrible sin!
But Jesus says worry is just as bad as drunkenness when it comes to putting stress on ourselves. Listen again, “Be on your guard, that your hearts not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life.” Worry clouds your thinking. Worry alters your emotions. You become touchy and sharp with others. Too much worry can shatter your nerves and bring you to the breaking point! This is why Jesus warns us to watch out!
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