Anxiety weighs down the heart,
but a kind word cheers it up. Proverbs12:25 (NIV)
The other day, I spoke with a client who has anxiety. He has chronic anxiety, and I explained to him that anxiety, over a period of time, becomes depression. The Proverb cited above seems to back that up. Anxiety will “weigh down the heart”. Typically, Bible language for the heart calls it the seat of emotion. A “heavy heart” is another way to say “depressed”.
My client with chronic anxiety has become depressed. As we spoke, I saw the classic effects of depression- too much introspection, lack of energy and motivation, a sense of powerlessness, etc. I suggested to this client that he pick out a few of his friends or relatives, and simply call them, and tell them that he was thinking about them. Better yet, just tell them that he loves them.
This remedy works both to help those called as well as the caller. The Proverb indicates that a remedy for a heavy heart is a kind word.
Prayer: Lord, lift those with heavy hearts today, Amen