Dealing with depression can be a complex problem. It can have a organic foundation stemming from hormones, food or substance allergies, mold and other sickness. It can be situational caused by grief and trauma. It can have a demonic foundation as well.
Its important to note that 1/3 of the Bible is about grief, pain, lament, anger and depression. And that as such we need to be pastorally and biblically sensitive towards those who suffer such pain and brokenness.
Being depressed by itself is not a sin. Sometimes it can be a result of sin – either personal or inflicted upon us (BUT AND I SAY BUT) we need to ensure we are not playing God and taking on the role of the Holy Spirit and tell someone their depression is because of sin. God is very capable of doing that if that is the root cause.
Depression can make us very self centered. It incapacitates our thinking of others and at times renders us incapable of thinking of others – including God.
Its my personal experience and the psalmists who ask themselves – Why are you so downcast my soul, forget not the Lord and all his benefits. …cast all your anxieties onto the Lord who cares for you.
The second thing I do is pray. I move from praying for myself to deliberately praying for others. This includes speaking out loud forgiveness and a blessing over those who have harmed me.
Before long I have found I am no longer aware that I am depressed.
The other issue is to ensure you have sought wise counsel through doctors and shrinks if the depression is debilitating. Church people can be pastorally insensitive and unwise when it comes to any form of mental illness. Never tell someone to go off their meds. Never tell them to stop seeing their doctors. We would never do it to someone with a broken leg, or a broken body…so why do we do it to ourselves or to others when they have a broken mind / heart?.
Sometimes depression is caused by grief. It can be a natural part of the grieving process and one that we want to avoid and try to…but its healing and healthy for us to allow others and ourselves to fully grieve. If we try to bury it or ignore it somewhere down the track it will manifest as anger, depression or something else. The same goes with issues of forgiveness and bitterness. If we dont deal with those issues fully they will manifest in dark ways later on.
If you are suffering from depression I pray that the Lord reveals the foundation of your depression to you. May he strengthen you within to confront it face on. May he fill you with the joy of his salvation and cover over you with peace. May you know indeed that he is trustworthy and heal your broken heart. In Jesus name I pray.