Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25
No one in history has your exact personality. Just as God created billions of stars and each is different, He does the same with people. Each of our personalities has its own qualities. Some of us are naturally cheerful; others are prone to melancholy. For the latter, the anxieties of life take an added toll. We sometimes battle depression and despondency.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, however, gives us a good word. He says, “Son, be of good cheer” (Matthew 9:2). He says, “Be of good cheer, daughter” (Matthew 9:22). He says to us, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid” (Matthew 14:27).
If you’re battling depression today, talk to a friend and seek all the help you need. God uses friends, doctors, and Christian counselors to help us navigate our inner worlds. But the presence and words of Jesus Christ are foundational to mental health and emotional well-being.
Our depression is no match for the steadfastness we find in Christ!
I find myself frequently depressed—perhaps more so than any other person here. And I find no better cure for that depression than to trust in the Lord with all my heart. Charles Spurgeon