Understanding Depression from a Biblical Perspective

Depression is a difficult and complex condition that can be hard to understand. But the Bible offers insight into the feelings associated with depression, and provides comfort and hope for those who are struggling. In this article, we'll explore depression from a biblical perspective and answer your questions about depression through grace and love. The Bible doesn't use the word depression, but it does describe feelings associated with it. King David, like gospel leaders such as Paul, experienced deep despair and hopelessness.

In these and other passages of Scripture on depression, we are reminded that God is always close to those with broken hearts. No matter how deep the pit of despair you find yourself in, God can get you out of there. The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in difficult times. For those who appreciate Christian philosophy regarding faith, here are several Bible verses about depression, taken from the New Life Translation:

  • Psalm 34:18: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”
  • Psalm 147:3: “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”
  • Isaiah 61:1-3: “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”
These verses remind us that God is always near to those who are suffering from depression. He is our refuge in difficult times, and He can heal our broken hearts.

At Lifeway, we understand how hard it can be to cope with depression. That's why we offer private counseling, a Bible study on healthy habits, and a 90-day diary for Christian women and church groups. Behind every support specialist, Bible study editor, graphic designer, and accountant is a Sunday school teacher, children's volunteer, or small group leader. We are here to serve you with biblical resources for everything life throws at you. If you're looking for more information on depression from a biblical perspective, visit the Bible online to search for words if you don't know the specific passage you're looking for.

With God's help, you can find comfort and hope in your darkest moments.

Reginald Thomson
Reginald Thomson

Reverend Thomson is a pastor and Bible scholar with over 10 years of experience in ministry and biblical studies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies, a Master of Divinity degree. As a Bible scholar, Rev Thomson has published numerous articles and books on various topics in biblical studies, including hermeneutics, exegesis, and biblical theology. He is widely respected for his expertise in the original languages of the Bible, and he is frequently invited to speak at conferences and seminars on biblical scholarship. He loves working with his church youth group. He is a frequent guest on the Scripture for Todaypodcast.

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