“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, …but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”Hebrews 10:24-25
Depression both feeds upon and encourages loneliness. It’s really Satan at work telling us that no one loves us and no one understands us. Satan relishes speaking in half-truths rather than direct lies. For it is true: No one will ever love you like Jesus and no one will ever understand you with the complete knowledge of God.
Yet one of the key components of healing and growth in this world is regular participation in the life of Christ’s bride, the Church. Don’t let Satan’s lies keep you away. Throw yourself down in the pews with the desperation of Hannah at the temple. Cry out as she did for the Lord’s mercy. He will spoon-feed His grace to you from the pulpit. And let others tend to your wounds in the name of Jesus. We are all wounded enough to relate to each other, and healed enough to speak of Christ’s grace.
If you want to fight depression, join and commit to a church body where Christ will care for you through His people. This is where your loneliness and cynicism will more than meet their match.
“Loneliness is part of being human because there is nothing in existence that can completely fulfill the needs of the human heart” (Jean Vanier, 1998). But God can!
Bible In A Year
- Job 21-22
- Psalm 53
- Luke 16