As widespread and common as depression is, it surprises me to realize that so many people are misinformed about it. This brief article addresses some of the misinformation that is out there. Here is a quote I really liked: “Gandalf, one of my favorite quotable characters who exists only but no less vividly in the minds of readers, said ‘Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.’6 It is a temptation to think that we do when we do not, and to see an evil end when God has something quite different in mind and in store. Yet, it is a temptation to which most—if not all—of us are vulnerable.” From Crossway.org…………………..
Personally, I am a little flummoxed that this is even a serious question these days, but this article addresses anyone with any doubts that depression can and does afflict even the most godly of Christians. From the Mental Health Grace Alliance…………..
Most of us struggle — or know someone who struggles — with depression. Here are some ways to help those you know from Core Christianity………………
Don’t let anyone try to tell you you must lack faith if you struggle with depression. Charles Spurgeon suffered with it his entire adult life….and there were no meds. Yet, God sustained him and allowed him to make a great impact on the world and believers over a 100 years after his death! From Randy Alcorn and Eternal Perspectives Ministries……………..
What could be better than wise words on depression from Charles Spurgeon and Randy Alcorn?
During this global pandemic, depression and suicidal thoughts are on the rise. That makes the release of the short book Encouragement for the Depressed, with a sermon from Charles Spurgeon, timely. The book description says, “Having battled depression and discouragement himself for most of his years in ministry, Spurgeon encourages the downtrodden to hold fast…Encouragement for the Depressed from Charles Spurgeon — Randy Alcorn’s Blog
Defeating depression is not simply a matter of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. Don’t let any nay-sayers add to your pain by telling you that you “just need Jesus” to stop being depressed. God has given us medications and good doctors as part of His grace! From The Grace Alliance………………
Dr. Bengtson is a Christian psychiatrist who also suffers from anxiety and depression. I think she offers some down-to-earth advice here for all believers. From Dr. Michelle Bengston……….
Short answer: Yes! But if you are curious about the biblical principles behind this concern, or you have friends and relatives or may be confused about this issue, then please read on! From the Mental Health Grace Alliance………………….
FLIRTING WITH DARKNESS: Building Hope in the Face of Depression by Ben Courson (Harvest House Publishers; 2020)
Young pastor and author Ben Courson writes about his own struggles with depression and thoughts of suicide, to offer hope, encouragement and direction for others who are also suffering. Courson reports he has battled against depression for over 15 years, but he is convinced that depression can actually be defeated.
Courson divides his book into three parts. In Part One, he examines both the clinical and personal information he has discovered about depression, including what light the Bible brings to bear on the commonality of depression and how God assists those who struggle with both temporary and long-term depression. Courson also focuses on the many Christians throughout history who have also dealt with depression, to challenge the erroneous idea that mature Christians should be depressed.
In Part Two, Courson offers eleven “weapons” to fight against the effects of depression on the mind, spirit and body, including exercise and other natural methods to boost endorphins, getting out of isolation and leaning on friends, and learning how to receive love from God. Finally, in Part Three, the author provides about 25 short devotional readings to provide hope and focus to depression sufferers — for them to read on a regular basis.
This book provides the kind of personal experience and Scripture-based viewpoint on depression to offer substantial help to believers who struggle with feelings of depression and suicidal thoughts. The author shares in an honest yet light-hearted way about his own battles with his mind and brain, and helps readers to feel like there is real hope for any Christian who makes the effort to follow through on the thoughts and strategies provided in this helpful book. Highly recommended!
Some very helpful thoughts here from a Christian psychiatrist. From Crossway