“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ.”2 Corinthians 5:17-18
If you’re a Christian who struggles with depression, try not to label yourself “depressed.” We often identify with our struggles rather than with the One who has redeemed us with His own blood. Think of it this way: You are not a depressed person who also knows Christ; you are a Christian who struggles with depression.
This is important because it means you are not captive to depression. It is not inevitable or permanent. You may walk with a lifelong limp as Jacob did, but you still walk in the grace and strength of Jesus who has saved you. It also means that you have an identity, worth, and a place in this world which can never be taken from you.
Don’t find your identity in your suffering. Find it in the Savior who suffered for you, gave you a new name, and offers you imperishable hope. Whether you feel somewhat depressed or incredibly depressed, you are nonetheless wholly His.
Depression is a storm that God has ordained for many of His people to weather. But weather it you will, because Christ holds you fast.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
“Fear not the storm; it brings healing…. And when Jesus is with you in the vessel, the tempest only hastens the ship to its desired haven.” (C. H. Spurgeon, 1865)
Bible In A Year
- Job 13-14
- Psalm 49
- Luke 12