If you were asked right now on the scale of 1-10 with 10 representing extreme depression or sadness, what would your honest response be?
Your answer would be contingent on a number of factors.
For instance, the kind of day you are having. Whether or not you are in the middle of a crisis. And how you are effectively managing your stress.
If you were asked right now on the scale of 1-10 with 10 representing your level of faith, what would be your response?
Which question did you find most easy or difficult to answer?
I’ll help you out. Most Christians are not reluctant to verbalize their faith level, even if it is not above 5. But when it comes to faith believers acknowledging their level of depression, this is an admission that is not quickly confessed.
One reason is because the admission of mild or severe depression seems to coincide with an admission there is a lack of faith. And who is the judge and jury that you are concerned will find you guilty of such a charge?
People. Supposedly other Christians.
God does not hold such criticism against His people. Jesus understands that we are human with real emotions. The Savior knows that His followers, His believers encounter the real struggles of life that can cause one to experience moments and even seasons of depression.
So how do Christians handle being depressed?
First by acknowledging feelings of depression without feeling guilty or ashamed. If you are too busy trying to hide the fact that you are having extreme feelings of sadness, then you are not able to address your unhealthy mood. You may not be ready to acknowledge your feelings openly to someone else, but you have to be honest with yourself and feel free to talk to the One who already knows about it.
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance” (Psalm 42:5)
God already knows how you feel. And can you imagine how relieved you would feel talking to someone who already knows and understands? Depressed feelings can cause one to isolate from God. But you do not have to create an island from God.
When you are feeling lonely you need to seek after God and not run away from Him. God wants you to have a spirit of joy and not of heaviness. This is a major step in handling your feelings of depression. Go ahead and make the step towards your restoration.
You are not alone.