Depression is misunderstood by many, and it often carries a stigma. Finding healing is not easy, and it takes time.
If you are suffering from depression, we have you in our prayers. *hugs. We may not have all the answers, but we pray that the next few points will help you in your journey. ◡̈
1. You are not cut off from God.
The ultimate friend we find in our pain is Jesus Himself. He has promised us the gift of the Holy Spirit – providing peace and guidance to us every day of our lives. That same Spirit lives within you, and He could not be closer.
2. You are not alone.
The Bible has many examples of people experiencing depression, darkness, and frustration with God BUT He always comes through. He wants your relationship with Him to be authentic, and His mercy reigns even in your brokenness. Don't be afraid to share your feelings with Him!
3. His love and faithfulness never depend on you.
His love for us depends solely on His character, grace, and goodness. It was never about us and our doings, but Jesus and all that He has done for us on the cross. God is never walking away from us.
4. God can bring good even out of depression.
Our God is a gracious God. He can handle your doubts, frustrations, failures, and darkest moments. He loves you through it all. ◡̈ You may not see it yet, but one day God will use you to bring hope to others who are hurting.
Don't let the stigma cost you the opportunity to be heard. Don't let the devil sentence you. Stay in the community, it's perfectly okay to ask for help and support!