Bible Verses About Depression

It’s completely normal to feel sad every once in a while. After all, life is not perfect and it’s full of ups and downs that make us feel happy and make us feel sad. However, for some people, their sadness is more severe. For many people, deep depression takes a major toll on their lives.

Clinical depression is a common mood disorder that occurs in 1 for every 6 women, and 1 for every 8 men. There is a wide spectrum of depression, with some having mild symptoms, and others having severe anxiety.

For Christian men and women, depression can be a more challenging circumstance due to the fact that most people believe that believing in God, having faith in God, is more than enough to make us feel happy, content, and satisfied with life.

There are so much stigma and misconceptions regarding Christians and depression that it can hinder us from seeking help. It can also make us deny that we suffer from this condition, and sweep it under the rug for many years, until one day, it ultimately explodes and manifests in many aspects of our lives.

So what does the Bible say about depression and how can we use God’s word to help us? But before we dive into that, let’s first try to understand the misconceptions associated with being a Christian and suffering from deep depression.

Misconceptions About Depression and Christians

Myth 1: Depression is not real.
The Truth: Depression is real and it’s a mental illness.

If you break your arm, what do you do? You go to the ER, right? If you have a fever for several days, you go to the doctor or take medication. So what happens when you feel sad, unmotivated, and not having the energy or the will to get out of bed for an entire week? Do you sulk some more? Do you force yourself to get up even when you really can’t?

Just like any injury or disease, depression is an illness that needs professional help. It is a real illness that impacts the brain’s ability to function.

Just like any disease or injury, depression can be caused by an external factor, such as the loss of a loved one, the birth of a baby, or problems at work. Your susceptibility to sorrow can also be exacerbated by your genetics since depression can be hereditary.

Depression is not just something that’s made up in the mind, but it’s a real illness that needs medical and psychological attention.

Many Christians do not seek help because the Christian community tells us to seek the Lord for comfort, but sometimes, prayer is simply not enough to help those who are suffering from this mental illness.

Myth 2: Seek God for Comfort and you’ll be okay.
The Truth: Just like physical illness, prayer is not enough to heal depression.

In Psalm 23:4, it says, “Even though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and staff they comfort me.” Yes, the Bible is filled with verses that can give us comfort, but when a depressed person is in the thick of the disease, the Bible may not be able to provide the peace that the individual desperately needs.

Often, those who are depressed feel like God has forsaken them. They feel like God is nowhere to be found. One of the symptoms of clinical depression is not being able to find the motivation to do anything pleasurable, or even the most mundane of things such as taking a bath or brushing their teeth. Their lack of motivation to do anything includes seeking God for help.

And even when they do read the Bible or pray, they sometimes feel like they’re on autopilot, like there’s a wall between them and God’s plan. That no matter how much they pray or talk to God, they just can’t get the comfort, faith, and hope they seek.

They can also resent God for abandoning them, for making them go through depression. They often ask God why they’re suffering when they are good Christians. They can often ask God why He won’t heal them when He has the power to do so.

In Hebrews 13:5, it says, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” However, for those who are suffering from depression, they often feel abandoned, neglected, and alone.

Myth 3: Depression is a sin.
The Truth: Depression is not a sin, and merely an illness.

Depression is not something that you do intentionally. Depression is once again, an illness, and something that happens to you, rather than something that you consciously do, and therefore, it is not a sin.

God made the world perfect but when evil entered it, this perfection was shattered, and thus, we, as humans, can be tainted with sickness, such as depression.

What The Bible Tells Us

The Bible offers many words of wisdom and comfort for those who are suffering from depression. But because this illness causes people to isolate themselves, it can be hard to get them the help they need.

We, as Christian brothers and sisters, must extend ourselves to our brethren who are suffering. They have a wall between themselves and God, and themselves and others, and it is up to us to help them.

We can encourage them to join Bible studies, ministries, and reach out to us when they need someone to talk to. When you find yourself in a position where your family member, a loved one, or a friend is suffering from depression, keep these Bible verses on hand to help provide them comfort.

If the person is not willing to get out of bed, you can give him Philippians 4:13, wherein it says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Depression can zap all the energy out of an individual but let him know that God can give him the strength to get up and move.

If a person feels abandoned and alone, give him this verse: Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who labor and are weary laden, and I will give you rest.” You can also share this verse: John 16:33, which says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

And when that person feels like he is a nobody, that no one cares, give him these verses: Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” As well as this verse: 1 Peter 5:7, which states: “Casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.”

Depression is an illness that requires professional help. But with God’s Word, His comfort, and His guidance, individuals who suffer from depression can both take comfort in therapy, as well as God’s love, faith, and hope.

Bible Verses About Depression

Psalm 30:11

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,

Deuteronomy 31:8

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Psalm 3:3

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

John 16:33

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

Scripture Quotes on Depression

Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Psalm 143:7-8

Answer me quickly, O Lord! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit. Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

Psalm 30:5

For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

Depression Bible Verses

1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Psalm 143:7-8

Answer me quickly, O Lord! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit. Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Depression in the Bible Scriptures

Proverbs 12:25

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Psalm 9:9

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

2 Timothy 1:7

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Revelation 21:4

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Bible Verses About Overcoming Depression

Psalm 34:17-18

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

John 16:33

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

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