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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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21 Comments

  1. Samuel Brown Jr says:

    I totally agree with you the love of God has well spoken.

  2. Anne Clark says:

    Very inspiring thoughts.

  3. Kristine Horton says:

    Thank you for the answer to this question because it comes across as you understand what depression feels like rather than judgment which is never welcome. You are demonstrating God’s love thank you!

  4. Janet says:

    thank you. i appreciate the way you answered the question.i know what it’s like.i have to take a lot of medicine, 5 meds, but if i don’t i’m in bad shape.i have an imbalance too. thank God there is medicine and dr.’s who can help us.

  5. Monroe Spiesman says:

    These words of encouragement were much needed. Thank you.

  6. Phillip Hamilton says:

    I.ve sealed with anxiety most my life.been on many meds.they help but they are not the total answere.i found many people in the Bible and God used them. He knows what I’m going thru and as a promise he says he will never and I need never leave me nor forsake me.thank you so much for the answere on depression.

  7. COLIN BURRY says:

    Jesus know all our struggles , he even know the number of hairs on our head .I love him all praise honor and glory be given to him keep trusting

  8. Grace says:

    This is a great reading. For a long time I struggled with this issue. I am OCD and it made this even harder. Get the medicine you need and daily prayer. Remember Jesus talks about doctors being needed, so medical help is a good thing.

  9. Gena White says:

    What a blessing to have you in the forefront of our nation. Thank you for your faithful work in organizing campaigns across American to elect Trump. God performed a miracle because His people prayed. I can’t wait for January 20. Blessings on you all.