Can Christians have depression? The short answer is yes, but in this post, I will give you proof so that we can acknowledge the issue then ways to tackle it head-on.
You can’t always have your cake and eat it too. One of the most common misconceptions about Christians in non-believer circles is that you become this “immortal” or perfect human being who doesn’t sin from the moment you receive Christ as Lord and Savior. Me personally, that could not be furthest from the truth. As you may have noticed, my theme verse for this blog is 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; I have overcome the world.” In this world, you will have trials and tribulations, you will have trouble, you are not promised an easy life, and in fact, I believe as a believer a follower of Christ, your life maybe even more challenging.
Is depression a sin? Yes! Depression is when worry has gone too far, and you can’t seem to get over this worry, and it consumes your life. The Bible mentions worry or anxiousness 365 times throughout the Bible, and when He says “DO NOT,” that is a command. Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” These other sentences are an excerpt from https://connectusfund.org/matthew-6-34-meaning-of-do-not-worry-about-tomorrow “Does this mean never to save money, never plan a schedule, never to delay gratification? By no means, logic and the principle of stewardship show us that as image-bears, we will in part be held accountable tomorrow for the way we handled what we’ve been entrusted with today. But this can be done without worrying, which betrays a lack of trust in God to be there and care for us in the future.”
HOW CAN I STOP WORRYING? Well, it’s not that simple. Here are the things that have helped me with depression. Those of you reading this may not know, but I am a paraplegic from birth. I was born with Spina Bifida, a chronic congenital disability in the lower part of my back that occurs fewer than 200 thousand babies a year now as a result; it caused my inability to walk. I have been through more than a dozen surgeries, but I, too, have gone through my share of depression and still struggle with it to this day.
- Get in the word. as I mentioned, there are 365 verses about worry or anxiousness. Hence, the best thing you can do is pick a verse each day about worry and anxiety and memorize that verse so that you can say those verses in your head or out loud every time those thoughts come across your mind.
- Prayer “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Like a good father wants us to talk to him about your day, the same is with our heavenly father. He wants us to have a relationship with him, and it wouldn’t be much of a relationship if we talked to God whenever things are going good or bad; he wants you to speak to him even in the mundane seasons of life.
- Use a journal have found myself feeling so much better if I write my thoughts on paper. Instead of releasing your anger out on others, put your anger on paper. Make a list of things that have bothered you, negative thoughts, things people have said, and rip the paper! Rip it into how many pieces you need and give it to God!
The source of Depression As Christians and sinful people, in general, tend to blame God for everything. But the main source of your depression is not God. Although God allows you to be tested, John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly.”
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4 thoughts on “Can Christian’s struggle with Depression?”
Great post, Austin! And wow! I didn’t know that depression was necessarily a sin! Thank you for recommending your post!
Thank you for the invite to come on your blog. While you have shared some good points and solutions to counter depression, I don’t believe I can fully agree that depression is a sin. Or better get, a person who struggles with depression is sinning. I’m all for believing that we live in a fallen world and so yes, there will be occasions when we sin through being willingly depressed i.e. taking our eyes off Jesus and focusing on ourselves, but what about people who have serious mental health conditions, or those who have challenges due to PTSD or emotional traumas. Would we call their present state one where they are living in sin?
I don’t know. But, I am asking to help us process through.
I totally agree but the majority of people who have depression is because they don’t want to change.
This was for those people not for the ones who can’t change.