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Depression is never an easy subject because it is so wildly misunderstood, especially in the church. We label it as being something that we need to fill with “the joy of the Lord” or we need to just build up our faith to overcome it.
But it is so often forgotten that depression does not equal sadness. It does not sit on the surface of our emotions; it is deeply rooted. Sometimes there are medical or traumatic aspects to depression as well as spiritual. There are also many different levels of depression.
Be mindful to not question the level of faith of someone dealing with depression. What we should do is provide a safe place as a church to those who are hurting; a place where healing can begin through love, support and prayer.
We as a church are called to lift one another up through illness, struggles and hardship. We are not called to measure or judge.
There is hope for those dealing with depression, sometimes all they need is for someone else to care and the realization that though depression may be deeply rooted, likewise a spirit that grows deeply rooted in Christ will gently push out anything that does not belong.
“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.” Deuteronomy 31:8
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