This list of Bible verses about depression comes from the fact that I have personally walked through depression myself and have come out on the other side of it.
I believe that depression is anger turned inward. I was angry at how my life had turned out, angry at the situation I was in, and angry at how I thought God had let me down.
Since I was taught that anger should not be expressed, I did not realize that I was turning that anger inward and it was causing depression in my life.
Not all of these scriptures for when you are depressed speak specifically to that issue, but I still believe that if you will read these verses that you too can find your way out of depression.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
And Nehemiah 2 continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”
He will not forsake His saints
3 Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the Lord ,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
10 Many sorrows come to the wicked,
but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord .
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
The year of the Lord's favor
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.
2 He has sent me to tell those who mourn
that the time of the Lord ’s favor has come, 2
and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
3 To all who mourn in Israel,
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for his own glory.
4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows 1 that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
5 But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
God's Everlasting Love
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, 1 neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow - not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below - indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
The last verse is the verse that I have based my life upon every since I went through that terrible season of depression.
For the last 14 years I have seen that God truly does have a plan for my life and it has been a good one. If He will do it for me, then He will do it for you!
I hope that some of these Bible verses about depression have helped you.
You might also be interested in our list of Bible verses about being alone, Bible verses for lonely singles, inspirational Bible verses about strength, comforting Bible verses, or some Bible quotes on love.
What are some of the Bible verses about depression that have helped you overcome? I am sure we all have walked different paths to victory.
Please feel free to share them in the comment section below and maybe your favorite will be just the one that God uses to help someone else fighting depression.
Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.
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