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Anxiety and Christ’s Love

I have struggled with anxiety, panic attacks and situational depression off and on for years. Sometimes it grows with persistent problems in my life. Other times it comes on with no apparent reason. I've even asked God why He doesn’t just take my life. However, as 2 Corinthians 5:14a states, “Christ’s love compels us.” God has always brought me up from my lowest points; His love truly never fails (Psalm 100:5)!

I’m not saying that we should do nothing about anxiety or depression. 2 Corinthians 5:14a says that Christ’s love compels us, which means action on our part! So what can we do in the midst of anxiety or depression right now? Christ’s love compels us to get up, and keep on living. Christ’s love compels us to look in the mirror and see a person who is valuable, a person for whom Christ died! Christ’s love compels us to become members of a local church, so that we do not try to face anxiety alone. Christ’s love compels us to consistently read our Bibles, and to focus our minds on His promises instead of our own (often skewed) thoughts. And Christ’s love compels us not to judge those struggling with anxiety or depression, lest we too be judged (Matthew 7:1-5). Ultimately Christ’s love compels us to hang in there until He uses our pain for His glory.

The process of healing is never a waste. Our anxiety or depression might be used one day to encourage another believer, drive us to the cross if we are not believers yet already, or refine our faith so that we will have less sin in our lives, and more peace and perseverance (James 1:2-3). God would never give anything so painful as these problems to His children, unless the blessings coming to us far outweigh the struggle (2 Corinthians 4:15-17).


  • If you tend to suffer from anxiety, panic attacks or depression, how do you think God views you? Focus on the love He has shown you.
  • How is Christ's love compelling you to fight for healing?
  • Who in your life is experiencing anxiety and depression? What specific ways is Christ's love compelling you to help them?

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