The Bible is a powerful guidebook for negotiating life, with deep insightful verses that can help us battle depression.
While the Bible isn’t always a substitute for professional help and treatment, it can help you feel encouraged, and stay strong when you fill overwhelmed by depressing thoughts.
4 Biblical Concepts That Help With Depression
Below, we are going to focus on four common signs of depressions, conditions, and/or feelings that are frequently found in people suffering from depression.
The Bible is a source of truth that can help us stay grounded and understand what’s important in life.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
– Proverbs 3:5-6
Quite often, depression comes as a result of placing too much importance on things that are beyond our control. The Bible can help us learn to accept the things we cannot change.
Some things that happen to us in life are beyond our control. We may or may not have caused or influenced the conditions that brought the circumstances about.
Nonetheless, sometimes things are what they are. We can cause our self-suppression by worrying too much about things that we have no way of controlling. Being able to accept things for what they are and deal with them in that manner is the road to healing.
This concept is well expressed in the commonly called “serenity prayer.” This prayer is not from the Bible but written by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. The best-known form of the prayer is:
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
– Reinhold Niebuhr
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
– Jeremiah 29:11
One of the most common feelings people experience during depression is a feeling of hopelessness. The feeling that there is nothing they can do to change things or that things will never change.
But we must always remember that tomorrow is another day. Things can change in an instant. We cannot see the future. The answer or the solution we need may be right around the corner.
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
– Romans 12:12
3. Trauma and grief
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
– Revelation 21:4
Feelings of depression are often brought on by grief or trauma. Grief occurs with loss, often the loss of a loved one. Trauma can come in many forms such as being the victim of a crime, emotional abuse at the hands of another, being involved in an accident, and many other ways.
It is during these moments that people can feel despair. It leaves people feeling like God has abandoned them, or that there is no God.
However, what is important to remember that God is never the source of evil. God allows mankind to have free will. Sometimes bad things happen to good people.
But God promises us that all wrongdoing will be accounted for, whether in this life or the next.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
– Matthew 5:4
4. Life Has Trials
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
– James 1:2-4
Things don’t always go perfect or according to plan in life. Sometimes it is the difficulties that make us stronger, prompt us to move in different directions that ultimately benefit us.
Going through difficult times is never easy. However, we need to remember that God will never let us lack the things we truly need.
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”
– James 1:12