In response to your thoughtful comment (in Powerful Tricks of the Mind) . . . yes, yes, yes. It is true that love casts out fear--forgiveness too is mighty powerful to dispel the negativity that is so surrounding in the present age.
Realizing "there but for the grace of God go I" is a balm which soothes and encourages while at the same time instilling real, viable compassion. We are constantly tempted to "fight fire with fire" and to "return evil for good"; both our fallen nature tempts us and the enemy wants us to use his way of doing things and unless one "stops the presses" as I've said, so-to-speak . . . and make a deliberate conscious decision NOT to fall into that old habit, then we find we are swimming in the same degenerate stew as the world, acting and reacting as the children of disobedience do. . . .
Retiring to rest in God's complete and righteous sovereignty is the way out of the morass. So long as we are still holding on and holding out a space of hidden rebellion, we are tossed to and fro by the dark currents, passions and goals of the corrupt, broken, fallen world and its minions. . . .
Then we see it as though the world is "out of control" . . . making gains . . . or worse, "winning". . . .
We are troubled, anxious and fearful . . . and doubting that all is well. . . .
But the Way that Jesus taught frees us from such shackles and oppression. Terrible things were happening to Him--all appeared (to the natural eye) to be lost and that the workers of iniquity were being victorious against His mission. Meanwhile, He continued to teach submission and compliance (to the Father's will). And in the end, as throughout His life, all was success.
Christ and the prophets ever reiterated that God is wholly in charge and that no happening or occurrence is outside His divine providence and purview. . . .
Believing this and living in such belief . . . instantly transports us to the place of triumph, for we are His and His will has, is and always WILL be done. Current and temporary appearances are but fleeting chimeras, come and gone, while His purpose reigns supreme running through it all. Then, we are able to love our enemies, suffer gladly for His Name's sake and continue to weather and even see the glory amidst the seeming chaos and subterfuge . . . as we trust in the knowledge that everything is actually going according to plan; and in the end all will be revealed and perfect justice will be done.
All loose ends will be tied, with evil-doers fried . . . and all His childrens' eyes will be dried . . . as both the "vessels of wrath" and the "vessels of mercy . . . prepared in advance for glory" fulfill their designated roles in this cosmic, grand theater which depicts His profound, absolute majesty, wisdom and power. . . .
What could go wrong?
Meanwhile, we carry on to "deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ." --Titus 2:12-13
"The grass withers and the flowers fade . . . but the word of our God endures forever." --Isa. 40:8