The darkness within is a dark cloud of despair enveloping the soul. Depression is a terrible thing. It tempts a person to be lethargic. It’s the opposite of a motivator. Often, depression has a sister called anxiety. This sibling worries about nearly everything because she is afraid of the future and frets over the past. We will not treat anxiety in this article. It’s almost impossible to shine beams of hope when darkness covers the face of the deep. The possibility to lessen disparaging depression is real.
The first thing to do when suffering the withering feelings is to come before God’s throne of grace pleading for help in our moment of emotional struggles. (Hebrews 4:16). Jesus is our perfect high priest (Hebrews 7). Paul wrote to the Thessalonians to pray unceasingly (1 Thessalonians 5:17). In prayer the first talk we have with Father God is to praise Him and express gratitude for creating us. It’s difficult to be grateful instead of grumble towards life when we are downtrodden. An open confession of our heartfelt feelings is one antidote. Healthy prayers give glory to the LORD. Next, we pray for our needs jut like the model prayer Jesus taught His disciples in Luke 11. Praying for the heavenly hope is a move towards positive thinking, which is difficult when life seems dismal. That leads us to the next point.
The must in overcoming depression is action. When we are sinking low it’s time to get out of bed and do something for Jesus. When we are in the darkest hour that something might be getting up to eat breakfast and put on our shoes. The Savior wills that we force ourselves to get up and moving into His service. Pushing ourselves to serve other people, we get out of our own inward turning. Feeling downcast can leave us with a bit of being like a selfish hermit. Move into action. Call someone to encourage and comfort them in their struggles. Reaching out to others with no expectation of reciprocity goes a long way toward healing. It’s also turning up the dimmer switch to that little light we’re going to shine again. Grace commands us to love. When we read 1 Corinthians 13, we find love to be an action word. Love is the cause that puts our faith into work. By loving others with our deeds of brotherly affection we discover a higher sense of self-worth. That in turn is a catalyst to us having a better outlook on life. This new outlook improves our mood and calls for our light in the gloominess to have its wick trimmed, to burn brighter day by day. Never forget the words of Jesus, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (KJV).
Struggling with depression is temporary and is not a cause to end life own our own terms. God has called us to hope. This positive Christian trait extinguishes the black fire. Keep in mind suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. We will overcome if we do not leave our First Love. Father God is the God of all comfort and the giver of all mercy; whereby we may be able to comfort others with the same comfort we have received. (2 Corinthians 1:3). Within a people of faith, is no room to curse God and die. The ideal therapist should be ministers of the Gospel. Let’s go find an experienced Christian and ask for help. There isn’t any shame in telling someone how we feel on the inside. May Father God bless our day as we choose to be a blessing to Father God.