Recently, I watch a YouTube video where one person interviewed the other about his emotional well state. This gentleman battled depression and a number of related issues his entire life. Through this half hour video, I shook my head. This guy had so many questions but so few answers. His friend offered a few suggestions, but none offered true solutions. I knew the answer.
As a child, I had numerous problems. I was overweight, a nerd (which, back then, ensured others looked down on you), walked funny, and carried myself the wrong way. On a good day, I got picked on. On a bad day, I ended up in a fight of some sort. I could not imagine why I existed, and felt depressed quite a bit.
However, almost in answer to my unspoken question, God showed me the Bible. In those pages, I read about a man named Jesus. This man lived a perfect life. He taught about love, but also spoke about the need for justice and holiness. He warned about Hell while offering a glimpse of heaven. Ultimately, He was sent to a cross to die, taking upon Himself, the penalty of sin for those who believe.
As a result, I became a follower of Christ, and I have not looked back. And while the challenges to my heart and soul have changed over 25 years, they certainly have not eased up. I still face dark questions about life, and myself. I know it would be easy to fall into the pit of depression that I see this YouTube personality struggle so hard with. In fact, I could name off several close relatives who have done so already.
But, Jesus will not allow me to fall like that. Make no mistake, I have struggle with dark, depressing thoughts. I still do. However, each time I do, God shows me a new way to work through it so I can continue to fight the good fight, so to speak.
I often hear the phrase, “I have to learn to love myself” when people discuss this subject. Ironically, the Bible says just the opposite. The self loathing we feel may be, at least to some degree, the Holy Spirit working on our hearts. We have all sinned, and as a result, stand condemned. Without intervention, we deserve to be called criminals and serve a terrible sentence. In and of ourselves, we do no good.
However, when we repent of our sin and place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, He washes away our sins. He cleans our record and makes us ‘as white as snow’ to our Father in Heaven. We become born again, and our life has a new value. We are no longer criminals, but sons and daughters of the King.
If you struggle with darkness, consider the light. Read the book of John from your Bible (or online). and prayerfully consider your sin and what Jesus has done for you. If you have thrown yourself to the cross, accepted Him and become born again, welcome to the family of God!