According to the World Health Organisation, depression is the leading cause of disability globally. 300 million people suffer from it. It’s something that is common, so something we need to understand – for our own sake and for the sake of others so that we can be good Christ-like carers and encouragers for those around us.
Depression often produces a heightened sense of worthlessness that can cripple us and hinder us. But the gospel gives real hope. It tells us that in spite of who we are, Jesus gave his perfect life in exchange for our imperfect one, so that we could live. It tells us that who we are before God is based on Jesus’ worthiness, not ours. Such hope can enable us to persevere until that day when every tear will be wiped away and there will be no more crying or pain or tears. It’s a hope worth sharing.