Depression, Is It Sin?
Is depression sin? Are there reasons for depression that we aren’t aware of and yet we believe it’s sin? Can we detour the unfortunate situations in our lives that cause depression or are they out of our control? Job suffered circumstances that overwhelmed him and physically impaired him. Was he in sin? If someone suffers from a health issue that is debilitating and becomes depressed due to medication, are they in sin? Do we try to understand what a person is going through and with love and compassion walk with them in their path of depression and pain?
If a person that is suffering from depression is a Christian, we may find Gal 6:2 an important Scripture to read and obey. “Bear one another's burdens . . .” The death of a loved one or illnesses that are irreversible can cause depression. Accidents leaving a person disabled can cause a person to become depressed. Some people don’t recognize their depression because they’ve blocked it out of their mind. Why? People have been taught that depression is a sin. Not all depression is caused by unconfessed sin. Most depression is from physical or emotional atrocities which have had devastating effects.
Sometimes, we believe that Christians are free from all despairing situations but this is not true. We are fallen men and women and sometimes we simply struggle with life. We live in sin scarred bodies and in a sin-cursed world. Depression is not caused solely by our sinning, but because of life itself. If a person has not dealt with their sin, they can suffer from depression. But, to say that all people suffering from depression are in sin is damaging. The Apostle Paul said, “we despaired of life itself” (2 Corinthians 1:8). In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Christ said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul’s reply, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Lord, may I have compassion on those who are in depression.