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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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"...
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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)...
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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...
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For more, see "Self Harm — Spiritual Healing" and "Self Harm — Practical Help"

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Published 3-28-16