Hope in Depression

When you are weary … when life isn’t worth living … when hope seems elusive, what do you need to know? You need to know your Burden-Bearer – you need to know Jesus. He wants to be the Shepherd of your soul. His compassionate comfort extends to all those who have lost all hope. He says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

When you are weary, how do you receive this rest within your soul?hope

  • God offers real solutions for your problems. When you don’t know how to solve a problem, you can feel helpless because you have no direction. For example, if your wristwatch stops, you may feel helpless because you don’t know how to fix it. But a skilled watchmaker will. The One who created you and the universe with all its intricate parts knows how to fix whatever is not working, even when you don’t. He will direct you in the way you should go. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5–6)
  • God loves you with an unconditional love. God loves you with agape love. Agape is a Greek word that means God has “a commitment to seek your highest good no matter what you do or don’t do.” The Lord says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
  • God offers the solution for your sins. The Bible says sin separates us from God. But Jesus doesn’t want you to be separated from Him. He desires to have a meaningful relationship with you. Jesus, who is God, took on human form, came to earth, lived a sinless life, and chose to pay the penalty for your sins. When He was crucified on the cross, His blood was the purchase price to pay for the full forgiveness of your sins. Today, you can receive forgiveness when you humble your heart, confess your sins, and trust in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour.  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
  • God offers you permanent peace through a life-changing relationship with Jesus. The word Lord means “master, ruler, owner.” Are you willing to entrust your life to the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing that He is trustworthy to always do whatever is best for you? Jesus demonstrated unconditional love toward you. He died on the cross, paying the penalty that you should have paid. That’s real love … sacrificial love! You can trust and rely on Jesus to make sense of your life, to teach you truth, and to show you the way. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

You can enter into a personal relationship with Christ by praying a prayer like this:

“God, I need peace in my life. I need You in my life. I admit that I have sinned. Please forgive me for my sins. Thank You, Jesus, for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my personal sins. Please come into my life to be my Lord and my Saviour. I give You control of my life. Make me the person You want me to be. In Your precious name I pray. Amen.”