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Q:

Is it a sin for me to take medicine for depression? I worry about this, because someone in my church said that if we're right with God we won't be depressed. The medicine really helps me, but I need to know if I'm doing something wrong.


A:

I’m not a doctor or psychiatrist, of course, but I do know that depression can be caused by various things, including chemical imbalances or deficiencies in the brain. When that’s the case, doctors tell me, the proper medicine can be very effective, and you should not feel guilty over taking it or finding help from it. In fact, you should be thankful.

Think of it this way: If you had a broken arm, you’d seek medical help; it would be wrong to do anything less. In the same way, if you have something seriously wrong with your brain or your emotions, you likewise should seek help. Our brains (and our whole bodies) are amazingly complex, and sometimes they don’t work the way God intended them to. I often recall the Psalmist’s words: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

Don’t misunderstand me, however; our spiritual condition certainly may affect our emotions. For example, we may be filled with anxiety over something because we haven’t learned to trust it to God. Or we may be filled with guilt, anger, jealousy, or a hundred other things that we haven’t turned over to God. When King David refused to face his sin of adultery, “my bones wasted away… my strength was sapped” (Psalm 32:3-4).

Thank God that He will never abandon you, because of Christ and what He has done for you. Draw closer to Him every day, thanking Him constantly for His love for you.

 

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  1. Linda aige says:

    Severely depressed. Financially in dire straits all my life. No matter what I do, education, life changes, nothing works. At wits end. Feel forsaken by man. Considering death as an option. Of no use to mortal society so must be of use to God in death. Death is my best option at this point.
    Ready to die. Ready to leave man’s rendition of life and be a part of Gods. Jesus loves me regardless, right? He is calling me to come home to Him because the world does not appreciate me as I am. God loves me. I belong with Him, not on earth, but in heaven.

    1. BGEA says:

      Linda,

      We are very concerned that you have considered suicide, and we urge you not to take this drastic, final step. God loves you and wants what is best for you. He has a future for you — both on this earth and in eternity. Remember that you are important to Him. He says, “You are precious to me . . . and I love you” (Isaiah 43:4). The very reason Jesus Christ came to earth to offer Himself in sacrifice is so that we might have life in all its fullness. It is His desire that we are set free from depression, fear, frustration and hurt so that we might experience this abundant life.

      Thoughts of taking your life do not come from God but from Satan. Jesus said, “The thief’s (Satan’s) purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). We are warned in 1 Peter 5:8-10, “Be careful – watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. Stand firm when he attacks. Trust the Lord. . . . He personally will come and pick you up, and set you firmly in place, and make you stronger than ever.”

      Give all your problems to Jesus and “cast all your anxiety on Him” (1 Peter 5:7). Then center your attention upon His love for you and His wonderful plan for your life. Rest in the assurance that Jesus will “never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

      God wants to help you if you will let Him, and so do others. God knows about your problems, and He also knows the answer to them. By yourself you may feel helpless, but with Christ’s help there is hope for tomorrow. He can bring good out of even the toughest situations.

      We urge you to begin by giving your life over to Jesus Christ (click the link below). Then share your problems with a pastor or with someone else who can help you and encourage you. We just said a prayer for you and will continue praying. You can also use the link below to connect with someone from our team.

      http://peacewithgod.net/

      Or, you can call us at 1-877-247-2426 to talk to someone who can also pray with you.

      The Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-8255

      God bless you, Linda

  2. Rev Brian D White says:

    I’ve enjoyed learning and watching Rev Billy Graham since the 70’s to now. I wish to bless him and his family also those that have helped him over the years. Lord God, I pray through the name of your son Yeshua asking for your blessing to be placed before Rev Billy Graham, his family, and his staff. Amen

  3. Susan Teagu says:

    So thankful this was here for me to read. I am Bipolar and and am on several medications. Without them and my therapy, I would have surely taken my life. A friend disturbed me today by saying it is satan and more or less if I had faith I wouldn’t need meds.

  4. Ruth says:

    Amen! Without getting help…I know that I would have more problems with depression, anxiety, worry & ADHD. But with the help of natural remedies/medication/encouraging Christians around me & family I am thankful that I am overcoming more than just depression, I am over coming ADHD and SAD severe seasonal depression with God’s mighty helping hand. Praise God!!! Never give up!!! Never stop being humble and asking for help. Because no matter what you do God will never stop loving you….

  5. Rose says:

    Been reading your emails and they help my depression. I grew up in strict religious background. God was a vengeful God. At age 24 he saved my life but church pastors said God would forgive me for having surgery and being alive!!!

  6. Sylvia says:

    Glad i saw this answer too as i was told that if I trust God then my loved one didn’t need the medication. God is good