Characters in the Bible suffered from depression. Moses and David showed signs, and especially Jeremiah. How did they find encouragement in God, even in their suffering?
Day One: Peace of Mind
Most people would define peace of mind as the absence of mental stress and anxiety. The expression “peace of mind” conjures up images of Buddha-like composure wherein calm, comfort, and composure are so prevalent that nothing can disturb the one who has peace of mind...
For more, see "Is Christianity about freedom or slavery?"
Day Two: Depression
Depression is a widespread condition, affecting millions of people, Christians and non-Christians alike. Those suffering from depression can experience intense feelings of sadness, anger, hopelessness, fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms...
For more, see "Depression in the Bible"
Day Three: Anxiety
The Bible has a lot to say about anxiety, but the word itself may not be found all that often. In the English Standard Version, it is used 8 times. In the New International Version, it is found 7 times...
For more, see "What does the Bible say about feeling overwhelmed?"
Day Four: Despair
Despair is the complete loss of hope. Circumstances can press in around us to the extent that we cannot see a way out. When fear grips us, hopelessness is right behind. The apostle Paul knew firsthand what that was like...
For more, see "What does the Bible say about sadness?"
Day Five: Worry
The Bible clearly teaches that Christians are not to worry. In Philippians 4:6, we are commanded, “Do not be anxious [do not worry] about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God"...
For more, see "Don't Waste Your Worry"
Day Six: Suicide
The Bible mentions six specific people who committed suicide: Abimelech, Saul, Saul’s armor-bearer, Ahithophel, Zimri, and Judas. Five of these men were noted for their wickedness (the exception is Saul’s armor-bearer—nothing is said of his character)...
For more, see "When Suicide Just Makes Sense"
Day Seven: Self-Mutilation
In the Old Testament, self-mutilation was a common practice among false religions. First Kings 18:24-29 describes a ritual in which those who worshiped the false god Baal slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom...
For more, see "Self Harm — Spiritual Healing" and "Self Harm — Practical Help"
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