Despite some nonbiblical and harmful teachings abroad in the land, Christians do get sad, and some suffer terribly from depression. If you do, then you are in very good company! As one who has struggled with depression my whole life, it helps me to hear and read the experiences of others of my brothers and sisters. From Credo House……….
As widespread and common as depression is, it surprises me to realize that so many people are misinformed about it. This brief article addresses some of the misinformation that is out there. Here is a quote I really liked: “Gandalf, one of my favorite quotable characters who exists only but no less vividly in the minds of readers, said ‘Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.’6 It is a temptation to think that we do when we do not, and to see an evil end when God has something quite different in mind and in store. Yet, it is a temptation to which most—if not all—of us are vulnerable.” From Crossway.org…………………..
Personally, I am a little flummoxed that this is even a serious question these days, but this article addresses anyone with any doubts that depression can and does afflict even the most godly of Christians. From the Mental Health Grace Alliance…………..
Don’t let anyone try to tell you you must lack faith if you struggle with depression. Charles Spurgeon suffered with it his entire adult life….and there were no meds. Yet, God sustained him and allowed him to make a great impact on the world and believers over a 100 years after his death! From Randy Alcorn and Eternal Perspectives Ministries……………..
What could be better than wise words on depression from Charles Spurgeon and Randy Alcorn?
During this global pandemic, depression and suicidal thoughts are on the rise. That makes the release of the short book Encouragement for the Depressed, with a sermon from Charles Spurgeon, timely. The book description says, “Having battled depression and discouragement himself for most of his years in ministry, Spurgeon encourages the downtrodden to hold fast…
Defeating depression is not simply a matter of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. Don’t let any nay-sayers add to your pain by telling you that you “just need Jesus” to stop being depressed. God has given us medications and good doctors as part of His grace! From The Grace Alliance………………