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By   •   January 9, 2017   •   Topics: ,

Q:

Is it a sin to be depressed? The doctor says I have a chemical imbalance in my brain that he can treat with medication, but a friend of mine says I shouldn't do this because I just need to pray and have more faith. Who is right? I can't stand this much longer.


A:

Let me ask you a question: If you broke your arm in an accident, do you think your friend would claim it was a sin for you to have a broken arm, and all you needed to do was pray? I doubt it.

Neither is it a sin for you to seek treatment for a chemical imbalance in your brain. The Bible says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14)–and it’s true: Our bodies and minds are very complex. Although doctors can’t solve all our problems, we should be grateful that God has enabled them to understand more about our bodies and minds, and has given them new ways to overcome many of our problems. Don’t feel that you are somehow sinning by seeking treatment for your depression; it would be wrong for you not to seek treatment.

Don’t misunderstand me, however. God has given us the gift of prayer, and prayer should be an important part of your life as you struggle with this problem. Through prayer we draw near to God, and the closer we get to Him, the more we will realize that He loves us and wants to help us.

Make sure of your commitment to Christ, and then ask Him to guide you as you seek treatment. In addition, let God’s promises saturate your mind and heart. The psalmist wrote, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? … Put your hope in God” (Psalm 42:5).

Find peace with God today.

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30 Comments

  1. Flo Cofield says:

    I am 65 years old and suffered with depression for at least 40 of those years. I was convinced that a Christian woman should be able to allow the Lord to cure this misery without the help of medicine. When awful thoughts of hurting myself or others started entering my head, I knew I needed more help. Thank you, my Lord and Savior for guiding me to some fantastic doctors for treatment. After a few short years of medical treatment and Christian counseling, I am blessed with peace and the ability to love the life my Lord has given me. May God bless all who have this ‘affliction.’ Do not live your life feeling weak of faith. In faith, seek help.

  2. Laura eaton thurman says:

    I’ve had depression for 18 years. It will be difficult to fight.

  3. Glenn Glover says:

    I truly believe that God places people on this Earth who are meant to help other people with all kinds of trouble. Don’t be afraid to ask for help because the person who helps you is most likely heaven sent as well.

  4. Sylvia S Bell says:

    Depression and severe anxiety. I pray all the time and I know He hears me and I pray His will be done. I have an appointment with a Christian counselor. Thank you and your family for your ministry.

  5. Carol says:

    I have been saved since 1977. I have know the miraculous deliverance of the Lord and I have heard His voice and felt His Power. For the past few years after many illnesses and changes in my life, I no longer hear Him, I can’t find peace nor can I enter into His rest. I am 70 years old and I am afraid. I remember the Peace of God but can’t seem to find it anymore. When I try to read the Word I feel only condemnation, Please pray for me, Carol

    1. Diane says:

      Hi Carol,
      I’m sorry you feel empty. Sickness is physically and emotionally exhausting. Feeling nothing is feeling lost. You are not condemned you are forgiven you are loved you are a child of God made by his hand. He is your Father of strength, your Daddy of love his arms surround you with his gentle embrace. Close your eyes and relax feel his love enter your heart and warm your soul. Push away negative thoughts only allow Gods words to fill your mind. Ask him to fill you with his Holy Spirit. Carol I pray for you that your soul be awakened to feel your fathers love, mercy and grace. And again you will feel peace and joy

  6. Ramona Linville says:

    Please can you pray for me? I am suffering from depression. This is what I did: I thought I was doing great. I had the counselor cut my medicine way low then I quit seeing the therapist. I thought I was doing so good but big mistake. I am back to where I started from 3 years ago. I went to see him that gave me medicine. He said mona you quit everything too fast. I went to his office 2-23-2017. I worked so hard. What made me think I could do this myself? All I do is sit and cry. Now he had up my anti depression medicine and start all over again. I am 65 years old. I lost my husband almost 5 yrs. ago. I don’t belong to a church. I love God, I pray. I am just a lost soul. I need God in my life.

    1. cheryl says:

      Ramona Linville, I hope you’ve gotten some support from this ministry since your post. I just read it and I am here to pray. You are part of the body of Christ, and I hope you’ve connected with at least a few people at a good Bible reading church for support that you need.