A few days ago, I wrote about Anxiety Rochambeau, and noted that kindness is the winning strategy. But, where, why and how can we find that kind of kindness which can quell a beast like anxiety? And once we have it, how does it work? Whether the anxiety is yours or belongs to someone you love, I have a vital truth to share with you.
Anxiety is the word we use in reference to a whole spectrum of symptoms which stem from one or more things that we fear. We have to address the fear in order to soothe the anxiety. The Bible tells us the secret to driving out fear:
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…”1 John 4:18a
Oh, is that all? Perfect love – piece of cake, right? No, unfortunately not for us. But God’s love is perfect; and if we accept His love, He will cause it to flood into us, through us, and overflow from us to others. I’ve written about that miraculous phenomenon in the post called Love Uncomplicated; check it out if you’d like!
If you need convincing that Gods love is perfect, consider this:
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”John 15:13
“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”Romans 5:7, 8
God’s love is the greatest kind of love. It is the perfect sort, which is needed to drive out fear. We cannot hope to achieve that kind of kindness in and of ourselves. We must get it from Him.
“Love is patient, love is kind.”1 Corinthians 13:4a
The only way we can hope to achieve that kind of kindness needed to quell anxiety is to tap into God’s love. If you’d like insight into how to start that relationship with God, read The Gospel in a Nutshell. Truth bomb: God’s lovingkindness can soothe over much more than anxiety, so it really is for everyone. Statistically though, you, my dear reader, suffer from anxiety or know someone who does. And God’s love is just what the doctor has not ordered.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.Psalm 63:3
Am I saying that anxiety will disappear when that love begins to pour over our fears? I believe it is possible. But what is guaranteed is a change in perspective. The beauty of perfect love, and the kindness with which it is feely given, opens our eyes to wonders we never knew before. Truth spreads peace which begins to overshadow the fear and we want to share it with others. Once we know that kind of kindness, we have a fresh mindset and a beautiful new purpose, both of which can quell anxiety. God sees your pain. He wants to help. Will you let Him in?
“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.”Titus 3:4, 5
“A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”John 13:34