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Help for Depression – Part 2

White Fountain This is the beginning of part 2 on "Help for Depression". It is a continuation from my previous post, Help for Depression - Part 1. Jesus tells us in Mark 12:30-31 that the greatest commandment is to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these” (NIV). Jesus is quoting Deuteronomy 6:5 which shows the depth of God's constant, unchanging nature. Love is a Fruit of the Spirit and according to 1 Corinthians 13:13 "and now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." So many people who suffer from depression feel that no one cares about them in the world. I cannot speak for individual circumstances of anyone reading because there is no way I can know exactly where a person is in their lives, but I do know that Jesus is the only one that will always be there for us, day or night, when we feel rejected or alone.

Usually someone who suffers from depression who feels no one cares does not realize how many people around them really do love them and care about them, which makes it extremely important to talk to others about their feelings.

I would encourage anyone however, to not actively seek out other people that are going through the exact same thing they are going through just to help them through it. I know that this seems logical for support groups to encourage each other as they are all in the exact situation at exactly the same time.

The best external thing anyone can do to be delivered from depression is to start removing the reminders if possible. That may even include the friends we keep if they are keeping us in a depressed state. Stop listening to depressing music, stop reading depression novels, stop reading famous depressing quotes by authors who never overcame the depression. These thoughts continue to feed into our minds and hearts, and continually feeding negativity into ourselves will only make us feel worse.

Instead, focus on positive, uplifting scriptures, songs, books, and movies. Remember these promises of hope: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14. NIV

God told Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” Jeremiah 1:5 NIV. Although God may not have given us the same calling as Jeremiah, we can rest on his promises that He formed us in our mother’s womb and that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Jesus wants to not only be a part of our lives, he wants us to surrender our lives to Him. He can heal the hurts and pains and break the bondage of sin and even low self-esteem. If you start to feel like you have no worth, offer a prayer up to Jesus and ask him to help you value yourself. Jesus told us to “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these other things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33.

Even if you don’t feel like you have a lot of love to give today especially to yourself, remember the Greatest Commandment: “to love God with all our heart, soul, body, mind, and strength.” Pray to God an honest prayer and really concentrate on loving Him with all the love you have (even if it is only a little bit at first) and ask God to give you even more love, to help you feel His love extended out to you. He is faithful to show us how to love ourselves and others with His love. Remember that Jesus was rejected as well. He was betrayed by a friend. He grieved in the Garden of Gethsemane and prayed “Father Forgive them for they know not what they do” Luke 23:34.

He showed compassion to tax collectors, adulterers, lepers, those who were sick, diseased, and hungry. When He was rejected, he would pray to His Father to forgive them and go his way. He did not beg anyone to be his friend. Many departed him. When we ask Jesus Christ into our hearts and repent of our sins, His love pours into our hearts and then we can pour his love out to others. Jesus knew He was the Son of God and that He would arise again on the 3rd Day.

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