By   •   January 9, 2017   •   Topics: ,


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.


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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  1. 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

  2. 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.