Depression is a very common mental health issue in current times. If you are constantly driven by negative thoughts; if you keep finding yourself wanting to sleep to avoid the torment of being awake; if you prefer to stay at home rather than going out with friends and if you have a loss of appetite and have lost interest in caring for your personal appearance hygiene, I will give you an honest and straightforward answer: you are most likely depressed.
However, don’t panic; this is a very common condition and as per experts, therapy and medication can do wonders in alleviating this mental/emotional suffering. But, if you are a Christian, you can seek refuge in God’s promises.
From Deuteronomy 31: 6/8:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you…The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
From Philippians 4: 4-8:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
From 2 Corinthians 1: 3-7:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”
From 1 Peter 5: 7/10:
Powerful Bible Verses That Will Help You Overcome Depression“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you…And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
From Psalm 34: 8/15/17-20/22:
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him…The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry…The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken…The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.”
From Isaiah 41: 8-10:
“But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, descendants of Abraham my friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”