Many people struggling with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and its related anxiety feel trapped in intrusive, disturbing thoughts and behaviors that seem completely beyond their control. The good news is that the Bible has real, powerful answers and solutions for OCD anxiety.
If you are struggling with this disorder, you are not alone. OCD reportedly affects more than three million people per year. If you are one of those, it would be worth seeking help from a licensed biblical counselor who will be able to examine your unique situation and provide a customized treatment plan.
While biblical counselors employ many of the therapies and techniques that secular psychologists do, they also incorporate the power of the gospel in helping us achieve true freedom from these conditions that affect our bodies and souls.
Here are five powerful Scripture verses that can be meditated and reflected on during the process of healing and recovery:
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For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. – Titus 2:11-13, ESV
While OCD anxiety might seem overwhelming, the reality is that cognitive behavioral therapy has been proven to be effective in helping patients practice self-control in delaying the urge to act on a compulsion. Knowing that God calls us to demonstrate self-control and that He has given it to us as a fruit of the Spirit, can be extremely encouraging and a powerful verse to reflect and pray on.
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For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. – Romans 6:6, NIV
OCD anxiety is an enslaving disorder. Over and above genetic and medical factors, it involves heart issues. These include the desire for control or perfectionism and a way to save yourself when circumstances are difficult.
Counselees can be helped with the truth in God’s Word that, when we are saved, we become new creations. We don’t need to be ruled by whatever has ruled us in the past or threatens to rule us.
You are not alone in your feelings.
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins. – Psalm 25:16-18, NIV
This verse meets the OCD struggler in their pain and suffering. It encourages them to call out to God as did the Psalmist, secure in the knowledge that the Lord is listening and is powerful enough to relieve us from afflictions.
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Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:6-7, NIV
This verse is also an invitation to those who are suffering to bring themselves to God. In our pride, we want to carry the burden of our anxieties and troubles, but God knows that we need a loving father to carry them for us. He offers to be that perfect refuge, and it is up to us to bring our troubles to Him.
Hope for the future.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. – Revelation 21:4-5, NIV
Counselees receiving therapy for OCD anxiety can be helped by verses like this one in Revelation, which shifts the perspective away from the current doom and difficulty, toward heaven. In heaven, none of this kind of trauma will exist.
It is also a reminder of God’s love, in how He will wipe away our tears. He is a personal God who wants to be known by us, even when we are in the depths of despair.
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There is no special power involved in praying these verses, and counselees need to caution themselves against adopting new rituals in place of their old ones. OCD anxiety can only be truly overcome when the counselee is completely captivated by the love of Jesus Christ and is prepared to walk the long, arduous journey toward healing and victory.
There is no quick fix when it comes to this kind of disorder, but, with patience and dedication, results will certainly be seen, and lasting change achieved. For more help, reach out to a Christian counselor at San Diego Christian Counseling.
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