When Paul says don’t be anxious for anything (Philippians 4:6), he is not saying we shouldn’t care about anything. Concern is a virtue, especially if it is for someone else. God cares deeply for each of us. In John 14:1–4 we have a sacred promise that the believer has a place prepared in the mansion of a loving heavenly father. Jesus says this should remove being troubled for any reason. Our heavenly father is pictured as being in possession of a large home with plenty of room for everyone. Proper care and concern is a divine attribute. The comforting reality is that we can walk upon a fallen world, filled with crooked and perverse people knowing that God is watching over us and caring for us. Godly people show concern too. Earlier in Philippians Timothy is commended for his genuine concern (same word in 2:20 and 4:6). Paul is showing us that anxiety can have a positive or a negative connotation. So it is only the negative anxiety, manifest in worry, faithlessness, fear, and the pursuit of substitutes, that the Apostle is forbidding. The other kind of anxiety, like a parent for a child, is part of being created in the image of God.