Like Romans 8:35, 38-39 says, there is NOTHING that can separate us from God’s love or from God, since He is love. When depression overcomes you, this is what you need to hang onto. God is always with you, and so is His love.
Jesus lived a hard life when He was among us. He endured ridicule, isolation, disrespect and, in the end, tremendous physical pain and the emotional torment that comes along with that. No matter what you are going through, you can believe Jesus not only is there for you to comfort, support and encourage you but He also knows what it is like to feel hurt like you do. Not only that, He wants you to cast all your cares upon Him so you don’t have to bear them. (1Peter 5:7)
Encouraging Scripture: Romans 8:35, 38-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword? For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Father God, thanks so much for being there for me in good times and bad. Now is a bad time, and please help me not to let anything separate myself from You, Jesus or the Holy Spirit. Please help me to leave my feelings of aloneness and hopelessness with You so You can replace them with the feelings of hope, purpose and connectedness that only come from being close to You and all that You are. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Things to Think, Pray and Journal About
1. Have you asked Jesus for help in giving Him what’s troubling you? Did you know that depression can prevent you from being and doing what God has for you to do and be?
2. Did you know depression is an expression of feeling helpless and hopeless? How can giving your problems to Jesus give your life a renewed sense of meaning and hope?
3. Have you asked God to forgive your anger at Him for allowing you to suffer so much? Do you know He is ready and willing to forgive you? Can you ask God to forgive your anger or, if you can’t, can you ask Him to help you ask Him to do just that?
4. Have you thanked God for His healing, restoring love, which can make you emotionally whole?
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