Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? These are deeply personal questions that I, as a Christian, believe are also deeply spiritual. These are questions most people wrestle with over the course of their lives.
By answering these questions, people come to accept their own identities, understand their value in the world, and define a purpose worth striving for.
Depression distorts those questions and blocks healthy answers. Depression instead asks:
- Where is joy?
- When will this be over?
- Why is this happening?
- How did I get this way?
The answers depression provides weaken a person’s belief in life and the future. Depression says you are alone in your misery. Depression says nothing is ever going to get better. Depression says you’re not worth anything. In contrast, faith strengthens a person’s belief in life and the future. Faith argues that you are not alone, and faith assures that there is a Father who values and loves you.
When life doesn’t seem worth living, when there doesn’t seem any truth or joy or even answers in the world, the spiritual connection of faith provides a source of truth, joy, and answers outside of you. This spiritual reservoir can spring up and replenish parched souls.
When you are in the midst of depression, you must stop listening to the voice of depression and concentrate on God’s truths:
GOD DOES LOVE YOU.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”—John 3:16
GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE JOY.
“Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”—Isaiah 51:11
THROUGH GOD’S STRENGTH, YOU CAN LEARN AND GROW EACH DAY.
“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.”—2 Samuel 22:33
GOD’S DESIRE IS FOR YOU TO KNOW CONTENTMENT IN LIFE.
“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.”—Philippians 4:12
WITH GOD’S HELP, YOU CAN RESPOND TO YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES INSTEAD OF REACT.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”—Romans 12:2
In the midst of your depression, listen to God instead of your despair. Fill your mind with promises and hope from his Word. Always measure against the truth in Scripture what you are told by any religious group. And don’t let others tell you what the Bible says; read it for yourself. There are reasons for your depression, but God’s desiring you to be unhappy and miserable is not one of them.
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