How Do We Love Others Who are Struggling With Depression?

March 8, 2021

God has called us to serve those in need, and we will surely encounter those who could benefit from our love. Depression and anxiety run rampant through our world today. As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, this problem is only getting worse. People need to see God’s love reflected through us more than ever. But how do we best love others who are struggling with depression?

Guide Them to Healing in Christ

Jesus is our great healer. Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds” (NLT). Jesus’ love is reflected in our actions. We are representatives of Christ in the world! When we show those struggling with depression the healing power of Christ, they see God’s love for them.

Be There For Support

More than anything, those that are struggling need support. Whether it be a hand to lend or an ear to hear, just our presence can make all the difference. Galatians 6:2 says, “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ” (NLT).

Show Patience and Love in Everything

Never do anything less than exhibit humility and gentleness at all times. When struggling with depression, people need extra reassurance. Give it to them. Ephesians 4:2 says, “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love” (NLT).

A person in the throes of depression may feel inadequate. We should be careful not to put more pressure on them or heap shame. Depression is not a sin! It is something that can affect us all at any given time. To truly emulate Jesus, we need to serve them and be their ally in their battle. It is both a great honor and great responsibility to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. Take it seriously, and always be there for those in need.

Ryan Heathco

Ryan Heathco is the Lead Pastor of Ben Davis Christian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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