Living by Grace

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Has Depression Taken Over?  

Genesis 4:5b  Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell …

It would seem that in Cain we have the first recorded case of depression. “His countenance fell.”

The Apostle John speaks about Cain’s depression in I John 3: 12.

… Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.

Cain compared himself with his brother Abel. And the result of the comparison revealed to Cain that he had come in second best. Has a competitive spirit caused depression in you? Chances are you will answer, “Yes.”

But there is something deeper. Evidently, both Cain and Abel knew that they should bring blood offerings. But possibly Cain had an excellent crop and decided he could make a good impression by doing things his own way.

Seemingly, the Scriptures give the comparatively large amount of space to the story of Cain to illustrate the failures of those who live out their lives according to their sin nature. Cain’s sin nature was manifested by a “know-it-all attitude.”

Depression in Cain was the result of living according to the flesh. The same is true in the lives of many people today who are experiencing depression. They are living according to the flesh.

While you must admit that there are some cases of depression that need medical attention, you must also know that for most of us our depression could be dealt with through obeying the five commands for living by grace.