|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “The power of hope”
Our Bible verse for today: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “There is hope and healing for the depressed.”
Should a Christian ever be depressed? Some people would answer that question “No, a Christian should never be depressed”. There seems to be the idea in some Christian circles that if you really have the Holy Spirit in your heart then you should be unfailingly upbeat, happy, content and perky.
But life isn’t all “happy, happy, joy, joy” and anyone who pretends to be happy all the time is faking it. Life is often hard, and sometimes things happen which hurt and disappoint us, and sometimes we get depressed. Yes, even Christians sometimes get depressed. Depression is a normal human emotion and we aren’t exempt from it. However, our Christian faith can help us to deal with it.
Dr. H. Norman Wright is a well-known Christian author and counselor. In his book “Crisis Care: Hope for the Hurting” he writes: “Depression is nothing more than a message system telling us that something else in our life is going haywire, and we need to listen to the message and deal with it.”
Depression always has a cause and once the cause is identified, it can usually be dealt with. Some depression is deep-seated and long-term and must be addressed professionally. Sometimes there are chemical imbalances in the brain which make a person more susceptible to depression. Such cases need medical intervention. But most depression is short-term and is just part of the normal human experience. Stressful situations, disappointments, hurt feelings, self-esteem issues, too little rest, health problems – they can all result in short periods of mild depression, and as Christians we aren’t exempt from such things. Those types of short-term circumstantially-based depressions can be dealt with.
One of the best resources I’ve come across for relying on our faith in Christ to help us deal with emotional lows is Dr. Neil Anderson’s classic book “Victory over the Darkness: Realizing the Power of Your Identity in Christ”. It’s a very good study that helps us to live life based upon our identity in Christ rather than from our momentary emotional state.
There is good news. Our God provides comfort and help and hope for those in distress. There is hope and healing for the depressed.
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