RENEWAL Devotional: Is Depression a Sin?
Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for Renewal at Brookhaven Hospital
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned…but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life” (John 9:3).
Is Depression a Sin? Does depression make you want to stay away or isolate yourself from your Christian friends and God? Is it because you feel guilty that you are going through some pain that you feel ashamed to tell others about it?
You are not alone. Many Christians go through some type of depression, and it can feel like a downward spiral. Maybe they feel that they have sinned against God and the depression is some sort of punishment. This is simply not true.
Depression is an illness. It can affect you physically as well as psychologically and emotionally. If you’re not eating, sleeping or enjoying your normal activities for several weeks, you may be experiencing depression.
Depression is not a reflection upon your spiritual life. Grief and sadness can look like depression, and have to do with a situation you are going through, but clinical depression involves chemicals in the brain. Clinical depression needs therapy and possibly medication to be corrected.
Reaching out for Christian counseling can provide support, and help you identify the root causes of depression. We can help you develop a plan to overcome your depression. It begins with that first step of reaching out for help, so call us today, 888-298-HOPE (4673).