4 Things Christians should know about Depression

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not, and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad – Henry Longfellow

Depression, as defined by the dictionary is the feeling of severe despondency and dejection. We may all experience it at some time or another in our lives. It can affect anyone. Within the body of Christ, depression is indeed a sensitive matter to tackle. Depression is a serious illness for which no one should be ashamed to admit but this happens.

1. Depression is not a character defect and chief of all, it is not a choice. I think that asking someone to ‘try’ not to be depressed is tantamount to asking someone who’s been shot to try and stop bleeding. Tragically, this attitude towards depression is inside the Church today. I’ve heard once said, “depression exists because people do not have enough faith.”

Yes, we can be happy in Christ and a personal relationship with God can help us to deal with depression but to deny medical and psychiatric treatment to someone suffering from depression can be the very difference between life and death. I trust that God calls individuals into various employment with the goal that their qualities can be utilized to care for others and convey magnificence to Himself.

2. Depression and anxiety can be triggered by the death of loved ones, illness, loss of job or status, divorce, and many such traumatic events. These can often cause symptoms of depression such as difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions; feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness; insomnia, early-morning wakefulness and excessive sleeping among others.

The Bible does not show God as rebuffing his children for their misery. Rather, he goes about as a loving father and tends to us amid those circumstances and always. So just to be clear, God is not angry about our depression, nor is he distant when we experience it.  In John 10:10, the Bible reassures us that Jesus came to earth and died so that we ‘might have life and might have it abundantly.’ Certainly, depression is not part of an abundant life. God created us and loves us. God desires that we are whole, at peace, happy, well and joyous. Depression denies us of the wellbeing, the peace and bliss that is our own as children of God. Be that as it may, we can discover God’s affection, peace and love notwithstanding when we are experiencing depression.

3. “But you seem happy all the time.” I have come to find that most people who experience depression are secretive about what they are experiencing. Depression doesn’t look how we often think, outright noticeable. What makes me miserable is that most Churches don’t regularly address mental illnesses. Numerous Christians trust that genuine Christians don’t get depressed, and this very confusion piles extra agonies and blame onto Christians who are experiencing mental and emotional distress. For whatever length of time that we live in this fallen world, we are not invulnerable to all that happens. Basically, in light of the fact that we are Christians does not mean that we are absolved of sickness and forlorn. The difference between Christians and the world is He who has the ability to heal, comfort and sustain us through it all.

Isaiah 46:4 
Even to your old age and grey hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you, I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

4. Depression is not a new experience. It has existed in the past and will continue to exist so based on the fact that life and all it throws at us is pretty much unpredictable, but God is capable and accessible through it all.

John 16:33
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart for I have overcome the world.

This is not professional advice. If you remain depressed for an extended period time please seek medical help, see your doctor, or seek a qualified counsellor or therapist. If you feel suicidal, seek immediate help.

With love,

Rhoda

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