Depression is an Emotion

I want to make a bold statement,
Contrary to what the world says, depression is not an illness, depression is a normal human emotion that we all feel at one time or another.
Clinical or major depression on the other hand has a tendency to be seen as an illness, I believe because of the physical sickness it can cause eg. mind fog, short memory, fatigue etc..
Major depression comes when we fall into complete hopelessness, when there is no hope, and that things will never change. Like we keep batting our heads against a wall that never moves, “What’s the point, there is no hope”.
The Bible says in Proverbs15:13,’Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life’. If our desires(expectations) are continually not being met our hearts can get very sick and in turn affect the mind and body. These desires are usually at their foundation, things like, friendship, intimacy, acceptance, love.
I mention these things, because they are the basis of all human life, ‘relationship’. All other things like success, wealth, fame and fortune are side issues that stem from unmet needs trying to be fulfilled in the wrong way. 1Tim6:9 says if we chase after these things we are headed for a snare. We can sometimes seek these things because they can give us recognition, acceptance, friendships, etc, but they will not help or heal the heart issues of unworthiness, shame, feeling like a failure, or feeling that ‘I am wrong’.
In the first 6-7 years of our lives the trunk of our character is formed mainly in our primary relationships, and if we have leaned towards a hopeless disposition in a certain area, or all together, it will more than likely follow us into adulthood. So that when things get really hard in life, we can only handle so much and fall back into that hopeless programming, but in reality it is not the truth, its just how we learned to deal with failure, rejection, loss and so on in the early years of our lives.
The best thing though is, even when we have given up, ‘God will never leave us or forsake us’, meaning ‘He will not ever give up on us’. (Hebrews13:5). The Holy Spirit helps us to work out our salvation and is the ‘guarantor and seal of your inheritance’. Rom,8:25, says,”Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” ,or what about depression? ‘No Way!’, He works all things for good, to those that love Him(Rom8:28). We are like a rough coal under pressure being formed into a bright, shining diamond, of Jesus’ character being formed in us. The process can be so hard and debilitating sometimes, but we have to believe and hope that God allows things in our lives for a reason. He is still in control, He knows the end from the beginning, He knows how to make a diamond from a rough coal. If we don’t believe this, then what is there to cling to.Heb11:1 says, ‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’. So, we are sure there is a light at the end of the tunnel, we may not see it yet, but, faith tells us so, and gives us hope, that brings into reality which is not yet, but sure to come.
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Love and Blessings Dan

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