In most English translations, Jesus’ words “Do not worry” in Matthew 6:25 and Matthew 6:31 appear to be identical. However, as recorded by Matthew in the Greek language, they are not.
Verse 25 commands the cessation of worry (i.e. “Stop worrying”). Jesus gives four distinct reasons why every disciple of His ought to immediately cease its practice. (See the last two posts.)
Verse 31 commands the prevention of worry (i.e. “Do not begin to worry”), and in verses 31-34 Jesus declares three reasons for its utter absence in His disciples.
Anxiety over material concerns should never become or remain a part of your life. Ever.
Jesus explains: “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:31-34).