My struggle with depression, as with many others, has been an ongoing battle. But I found a way to fight it that may help you it as has me.
There's a link between preaching the gospel and depression. I find that when I tell the good news to others my depression vanishes for when I confess Christ before men he confesses me before his Father in heaven (Mt 10.32). God then looks down and blesses me (Jas 1.25). On the other hand, when I don't preach the gospel (Mk 16.15) I get depressed; for when I deny him before men he denies me before his Father in heaven (Mt 10.33). Make sense?
Preaching the gospel is so important it is even linked to our salvation. The Apostle Paul wrote, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus (preach the gospel), and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Rom 10.9).” The word confess, 'homologeo' in the Greek, means to 'profess', which is to declare or admit openly or freely (Merriam Webster Dictionary). Isn't it great that we have freedom of speech and religion in our country to openly preach the gospel! Let's use this liberty to further the gospel.
Some say we don't need to tell the good news (gospel) to others; we just have to live it. But telling the good news to others is living it! “For it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching (the gospel) to save them that believe (1 Cor 1.21b & Mk 16.15).” Preaching is simply telling the good news to another in person with our mouth. Paul wrote, “Pray that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel… that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak (Eph 6.19-20 and Col 4.3-4).
Paul clearly defined the gospel in his first letter to the Corinthian believers - "... I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose again the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4).” It's simple (but not easy) to preach the gospel after asking another, “Did you hear the good news (Gospel means good news.)?
Whether we struggle with depression or not we ought to preach the gospel to others daily as we go, for this is Christ's command (Mk 16.15).
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