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Devotional - week of April 29, 2007


FREEDOM FROM DEPRESSION THROUGH GRACE

... present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For (then) sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.   Romans 6:13-14

 

 

Many medical professionals say that some cases of depression are caused by physical problems and the patient is treated with medication. Concerning depression when there is no physical problem, one psychiatrist said, “Pills are not the answer. I have prescribed them by the buckets full without results.”

 

The life of grace is the answer to depression, if the depression is not caused by a physical problem. There are several reasons for this.

 

Paul tells us in Romans 6:13-14 that a believer must be available to God for service to others in order to be under grace. When a Christian is available for service to others, he will see the needs of others and will begin to meet those needs. This diverts a person’s attention from himself to others—resulting in freedom from depression.

 

Galatians 5:22 says that the fruit of the Spirit is … joy. When a believer is living the life of grace, he is filled with the Spirit and he will be filled with joy. A person cannot be filled with joy and be depressed at the same time.

 

If a believer’s depression is the result of sin over which he cannot have victory, being under God’s grace is the way out of depression. One aspect of living by grace is experiencing increasing victory over the sins of one’s life.

 

Another cause of depression is a person’s realization that his life is passing by and so far he has not accomplished very much in his own eyes or in the eyes of others or in the eyes of God. Romans 7:4 says:

 

Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another--to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

 

This verse is about living by grace. Note the words “… that we should bear fruit to God.” Any believer, experiencing his spiritual crucifixion, burial and resurrection will bear fruit unto God.