Unfortunately, we often try to make a depressed person feel better by building their self-esteem instead of correcting the lie.
Fear, insecurity, and hopelessness are symptoms, not the cause of depression.
I’m speaking from experience. Several years ago I let a life disappointment take me into a 6 month pit of depression. Only when I quit listening to the lie did I start to recover.
And depression often tells this lie: “You can’t be happy unless…” The rest of the lie is different for different people: "unless your health improves...unless your finances improve... unless an important relationship improves...unless, unless…."
But this is the truth: our happiness depends on one circumstance alone—our relationship with the Lord.
He doesn’t always make situations happy, but His truth always gives us peace and sets us free (John 8:31-32; 14:27).
In response to several comments: This post is not meant to be a treatment guide for clinical depression nor does it take into consideration all hormonal/biological aspects of every type of depression. Instead, this devotion addresses an element frequently involved in depression.
I did not intend to minimize the complexity of depression by writing "And depression tells the same lie to everyone." So I changed that sentence to read: "And depression often tells this lie." I apologize for making my original statement so absolute.
Comments Disabled on this post: Even after I made that change, the debate in the comment section continued. I eventually felt it was better to delete some repetitious and argumentative comments and disable the comment tool.
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