Proper attention to these truths is essential to our managing stress effectively as Christians:
Proper confession of our own sin: Psalm 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. 3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. 4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer.
Proper response to others who trespass against us: Matthew 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Proper heart state: Proverbs 14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
Proper prayer life: Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Proper thought life: Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Proper ministry by leaders who properly discipline their bodies and bring them into subjection: Eccl. 10:17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
Proper reception of the preaching of the Word of God: 1 Cor. 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
Proper response to adversity: Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Proper counsel from friends: Proverbs 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.
Proper response to godly counsel: Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
Proper observance of a regular day of rest: Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.
Proper laboring: Ecclesiastes 5:12 The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
Proper strength: Psalm 19:4 In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 Which . . . rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
Proper food & water consumption: Isaiah 44:12 The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint.
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