“To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”1 Timothy 1:2
Timothy was blessed to have a father in the faith in the Apostle Paul. If you want to see wisdom and affection in action, read Paul’s two letters to Timothy. In these letters, we see Paul constantly identify suffering and sin struggles in Timothy’s life and engage them with wisdom and grace.
If you are struggling with depression, I hope you have older believers shepherding your heart. In generations past, a person might easily confide his or her heart in parents, grandparents, relatives, neighbors, and fellow church members. With the breakdown of the family and community in our culture, the church has become even more important in this respect.
Still, sincere believers may be ignorant of elements of your particular struggle. Just as God gives us doctors and medicine, He also provides trained counselors and mentors. More and more, counselors are picking up the slack for our broken culture. If your depression persists, find a good counselor. Jesus may use that person to tend to your hurting heart and give you rest.
1 Timothy 1
“Friendship is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” (C.S. Lewis, 1898-1963)
Bible In A Year
- Job 23-25
- Psalm 54
- Luke 17