Five steps to overcome depression

Are you battling with depression?

This might be due to Adversity in childhood, such as bereavement, neglect, mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and unequal parental treatment of siblings can contribute to depression in adulthood even many times the loss of loved ones, or sometimes when you trust someone and later when they become traitors like Judas. Depression is one of the toughest battles one can experience in one’s life.

How can one overcome depression? Can one truly overcome depression?
The answer is YES, you can Overcome depression with the help of God and His Holy Spirit!

Psalms 34:18 – The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

If you are caught in a prolonged period of sadness, you may recognize one or more of the signs that often accompany depression. Like a growing distrust of God, resentment of others, difficulty making decisions, guilt, inactivity, loneliness, sleeplessness or oversleeping, not eating or overeating, deep despair, doubting, complaining, worrying, and hopelessness though you’re in an inescapable pit.

The Scripture that will encourage us to find peace and joy in the midst of depressing circumstances and feelings. I would like to list a few steps which will help you overcome depression

Step 1) Tell God about your hurt.

Tell the Lord, how hurt you are, how broken and down you feel. Our God is a God who understands

Step 2) Offer your broken heart to God

Offer your broken heart to God as the Psalmist says in

Psalms 51:17 – My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

God is willing to take your broken heart and give it healing.

Step 3) Cry out to God like a child

The gospel writers paint their portraits of Jesus using a kaleidoscope of brilliant “emotional” colors. Especially in the garden of Gethsemane, he was shown as troubled, greatly distressed, very sorrowful, depressed, deeply moved, and grieved; he sighed; he wept and sobbed; he groaned; he was in agony.

Second Kings 20:5 – “Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day, you shall go up to the house of the LORD.

Psalms 56:8 – Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll — are they not in your record?

Hebrews 5:7 – During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.

These are some of the excellent scriptures to support tears. God noticed all his grievances and all his griefs. God has a bottle and a book for his people’s tears, both the tears for their sins and those for their afflictions. He observes them with tender concern.

Step 4) Empty yourself before God

Speak with him about all the sorrow and anguish that you have been through.

Step 5) Forgive

Forgive all the person who have contributed to your depression, forgiving someone for cheating will actually benefit the faithful person more than the cheater. The anger we feel after infidelity is like a poison.
Colossians 3:13 – Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Luke 17:3-4 – So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”

Matthew 6:14-15 – For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

It might sometimes be hard to forgive others for all what they have done to you, but it is never hard to forgive others when you know that God forgives us in spite of all our numerous transgressions which are even greater than the sins of the people who hurt us.

You can find a good trusted priest or a good spiritual person, try sharing your anguish with some trusted friends. If you need more help to overcome depression, send an e-mail.

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Dominic Pavan Teja
Dominic Pavan Teja has an extensive background in Theology, the Church Fathers, Canon law, and Liturgy. He thinks the greater good you can accomplish is the apostolic work of drawing others into a deeper relationship with Christ and his Church. Dominic has contributed to several Catholic websites, writing about Faith, Apologetics, and Evangelization. He strives to manifest the Lord’s command in Mt 28:19 to “go and make disciples of all nations,” he is discerning priestly vocation.

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