“‘I have no husband,’ she replied. Jesus said to her, ‘You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands.’”John 4:17-18
We all have testimonies to share. Some of our stories speak of the gospel and give glory to God. Some of our stories are mired in pain. But even people who have not experienced God’s grace have a story to share of sin and suffering in this world. That story has to be shared and engaged with the gospel. Jesus helped the woman at the well share her story of sin and suffering, and it better enabled her to see Him for who He is.
To effectively infuse depression with the gospel, we must share our stories. This is so important that even top suicide intervention techniques encourage doing so in certain moments of crisis. It helps the helper better understand the sufferer and support alternatives to suicide.
Take a look at your past and present struggles, your broken beliefs, and your idols. Write them out before the Lord. If you haven’t shared this yet, begin to do so, starting with those who love you. The more you own your story of pain, the more you can give it to Jesus and see Him transform it into a narrative of hope.
“Our infirmities become the black velvet on which the diamond of God’s love glitters all the more brightly.” (Charles H. Spurgeon, 1863)
Bible In A Year
- Job 3-4
- Psalm 44
- Luke 7