Fact: “Depression is a serious medical illness; it is not something that you've made up in your head.” If a Christian can have cancer, HIV, shingles, a cold, and MS; then certainly they can suffer with depression. Depression is real and if we don’t deal with it, it will deal with us.
Depression has unfortunately become an enormous elephant-in-the-room amongst Christians. A large reason for this dismissive mentality is our misunderstanding of the true impact of Christianity. It is a fact that when we surrendered our lives to Jesus, we received a wonderful and joyous Spirit (cf. Galatians 5:22-23). It is not only a joyous Spirit; in addition, it is also a Comforter (cf. John 14:26). However, the presence of the Spirit, doesn’t stop the problems of life.
The Spirit is indeed real; however, you can be in full possession of the Spirit, and still catch the flu, lose your job, go into foreclosure, and have death in the family. Why you ask? Because the Spirit was never purposed to be the eliminator of hardship; rather, It was purposed to be our aid in the midst of hardships. So, with all of this clarity, why do we still struggle so much with dealing honestly with depression in the house of God?
I believe our struggle to understand depression is largely a result of our misunderstanding of what depression really is. Fact: “Depression is a serious medical illness; it is not something that you've made up in your head.” If a Christian can have cancer, HIV, shingles, a cold, and MS; then certainly they can suffer with depression. Depression is real and if we don’t deal with it, it will deal with us.
Therefore, it’s important for us to begin the dialogue in our congregations and fellowships. Let’s start to talk about ways to escape the life of denial and to begin to walk towards improvement. Here are 5 things that can aid us as we begin to empower ourselves for the fight against depression:
So, what did you think? Was this helpful? Which point registered with you the most? Can you relate? Do you agree or disagree? Share your thoughts and thanks as always for your support.
Kevin D. Jones, Sr.
Kevin D. Jones, Sr.
Believer - Leader - Flawed