What does the Bible have to say about mental health?
I hope you had a chance to join us for our Brainstorm series where we looked at what God has to say about depression, anxiety, insecurity and bitterness. If you missed it, click the button below:
Some truths about depression:
1. Being depressed is NOT a sin.
There is a book in the Bible called Lamentations which means a passionate expression of grief or sorrow; weeping.
Moses, called “a friend of God”, said these words (to God no less!): “I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me”
The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah was named “the weeping prophet” and the apostle Paul, who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament said, “we were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.
2. God has not given up on you.
In Hebrews 13:5, God says, “NEVER will I leave you. NEVER will I forsake you”
Even if you have given up on you, God has not and will not.
He knows your name. He knows every thought you have. He knows your highlight reel and your behind the scenes footage. He knows your victories and your defeats.
And He loves you anyway.
3. Winning is getting up every time you fall.
Proverbs 24:16 says: “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.”
If you’re battling depression today, get up one more time. What do you need to do today? Ask for help and/or prayer from a friend or family member? Make a doctor’s appointment? See a counsellor?
Remember, you’re not in this battle alone. Jesus knows you and He is always with you!
- Pastor Mike