Hope. Thought renewal. Help. Dependence upon God. These must be the things a depressed person needs to get back to life. But most people who are really depressed hardly go back to normal but end up in suicide or total destruction of living. With these in mind, what can we do to help a depressed person or even ourselves to go out of depression?
First, we must know what depression is. Depression is the state of mind that causes people to see everything around them in a negative way. They experience feelings of sadness, failure, rejection, and lose sight of reality. They are overwhelmed by a feeling that God has abandoned them. Knowing these things, follow these simple steps:
1) Show the person that he is not alone. Take him to Hebrews 13:5 and emphasize the fact that God is with him and that he must seek Him.
2) Encourage him to renew his mind (Romans 12:2). Changing his way of thinking will enable him to see the marvelous plans that God has for his life.
3) Invite him to cast his cares on to Jesus (Matthew 11:28). It is His desire that we give Him all our worries so that we can find our rest in Him.
4) Pray with him. It must be a confession of victory, a declaration of the excellent things God has for us and must emphasize how much God loves us and believes in us.
New believers, I encourage you not to let your problems oppress you. Trust in Jesus and bring all your feelings and problems to Him. With this in mind, and Romans 12:2 (“be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”), there will sure be a way out of the most undesirable situation in every man’s life—depression.