By Sukanya Banerjee
Depression is not only one of the most hyped words in contemporary culture, it is also one of the most ‘notorious devils’ that most people are dealing with. A lot of people seem to have varied levels of depression prompted by some reasons or the other which in some cases, could ultimately lead to a ‘self-destructive mode’. The world is experiencing an explosion of suicides and suicidal attempts. Are life’s struggles now so difficult to bear that some people are rather choosing death? If the face of today’s world could be described in just one word, could it be DEPRESSION?
It is undoubtedly a fact that many people today are suffering from chronic depression, but the reality is that many still do not have JESUS in their lives. Could it be why they are suffering and choosing death instead of enjoying the gift of life? The WORD of GOD promises that JESUS came to give us Life. JESUS said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” - (John 10:10) Amen!
When in life’s struggles, we lose sight, hope, faith and purpose, let us not forget that JESUS is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. (John 14:6). To choose JESUS is to choose LIFE, thus defeating death forever. One of the biggest causes of depression is the feeling of melancholy and loneliness. Greif-stricken, abandonment, feeling of past guilt and shame, fear, doubt, anxiety, failures and rejection adds more to it. However, the good news is that no matter what the causes are, no matter how impossible our depressed situation may seem, there is still hope and there is definitely a solution. Yes, there is a cure which is found only in the WORD of GOD – the Holy BIBLE. Now, we know why it is the world’s all-time bestseller. For, the BIBLE is not just a book, it is a cure. Depression is a mental health disorder and needs a complete cure which only the greatest physician JESUS CHRIST can absolutely provide.
The good news to all those who are suffering from depression is that it can be defeated. There is hope, there is a cure and there is healing on the other side of our faith in JESUS Christ. The Bible says, our faith in Christ can move all mountains. So, the first step is to shift focus from our crisis to Christ. Once we start looking up to JESUS casting all our burdens on Him, He fills our heart and mind with His joy, grace and peace which the world can never offer. And the JOY of the LORD gives us strength to fight and overcome depression. The Bible says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). Amen!
Depression can be defeated when we guard our mind and heart with the WORD of GOD and start praying, casting all our burdens to God instead of worrying about them. Anxiety and worry leads to depression but JESUS leads to Freedom. The world needs more of JESUS to be free from the fetters of Depression because only JESUS can offer a joy that is enough for us to get out of our sorrows and mistakes and again it is only JESUS who can offer us a peace that is beyond human comprehension! JESUS is GOD and GOD is good all the time. So, anything as bad as depression cannot exist when we enter into the presence of God through worship and prayer and start living a life according to His WORD.
Sukanya Banerjee is a Communicator, Vocalist, Writer, English Trainer, Speaker and a Radio Jockey. We would love to get a feedback from you about this article. Kindly post a comment below. Thank you.