What Every Christian Needs to Know About a Fellow Believer Who Struggles With Anxiety
Have you ever had a hard time, just for a Christian fellow to give you fine, bad advice?? Often it can be very insulting!
In one of my darkest days, when I was lost in my grief fog, I had been given an suggestion, ‘Just give it to God.’ At the same time, I had sent a very angry, wave-down message to a friend, exclaeming:
‘This is already hers! I have nothing to hold back!’ I was hurting, the truth remained. Profound. I know good intentions gave the advice, but it wasn’t helpful. Over and above.
Everyone had the potential to say or do something unhelpful or even hurtful because we didn’t realise what someone else was going through, too. This occurs.
As individuals, attempting to grasp what another person is experiencing can be very difficult. We would not be able to completely grasp the layers of their particular experiences, while we have experienced something similar. The tale of each person is different and how it is supposed to be.
In all that, criticism from those in the Church can be derogating, to say the least, for Christians who deal with anxiety.
Advice from other believers may be motivated by positive intentions but may be ignored, demolished, and discouraged.
When I asked a beloved Christian friend who struggles with anxiety what she thought could be included in an article with the title: “What every Christian must know about the fellow faithful who battle anxiety,” her contributions enhanced my thinking as I focused on my outline in this article. So, in what I want to share, I feel validated.
- Concern is an answer to a perceived threat.
While anxiety also represents a descriptive word for fear-related emotions, physical symptoms are also present. Often it is difficult for our bodies to assess whether or not anything is a real danger and to behave as though the risks are immediate and physical even though they are not.
You probably already understand this if you are familiar with the idea of “fight or flight.” There are a variety of physical responses when our bodies experience risk (real or perceived), which automatically prepare us to fight or run away.
- Fear isn’t a lack of confidence all the time.
True, anxiety can at times be triggered by lack of confidence, but often it comes from an ambush of fearful thinking which, through life experiences, has become habitual over time. Management of relationships, multiple failures or losses, learned behavioural patterns of parents or other individuals.
- You won’t say something that “fixes” the fear by magic and you won’t do that.
You are off the hook! You are off the hook! If you are told about anxiety, it is not your duty to solve the issue by sharing wits, like “Just give it to God,” “If you had only more confidence …,” “Maybe you should have no ,” * or “Have you no faith that God will take care of you?” Have you ever believed? In general, we know that we have to give our fight to God, right?
- No one wants to be viewed as “all in my mind” as a very-real struggle, but everyone wants to be validated!
Yes, anxiety is rooted in our thinking (amongst other factors, as discussed above), but just because a challenge is rooted in our thinking does not make it true. It gives the impression that claiming this is all inside our heads is not a valid challenge, not something of a kind.
Be caring most of all; and when in doubt, what is most beneficial … Only ask! Ask!
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