These scriptures and thoughts were provided or inspired by my Pastor, Kent McBay and by others in discussions in his Sunday School class.
Self-centeredness causes depression.
Acts 20:35b: I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
If you want to be more blessed, find someone else who needs something and do it for them. You will never run out of people to bless and you will never run out of ways to be more blessed yourself. Fatigue can cause depression. We ought to get enough rest and we will rest better if we rest in the Lord.
Psalms 127:2: It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
When we are in the middle of trouble and are depressed we often don*t think right. We should not naively forget about the trouble but we should look at it like God looks at it, like it is something that He can handle.
Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
We should not look for things to worry about or things that will make us depressed. Plenty of them will come along without looking for them. When a Christian is down and stays down unbelief in some promise of God is usually the problem. Praying, knowing the Lord and knowing the Bible are not always a quick fix but we can get started in the right direction. Drugs and alcohol can seem like a quick fix but they do not solve problems. They create more problems and more to be depressed about.
Hebrews 12:1-2: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
A lack of accomplishment can cause depression.
John 15:5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
With Jesus we can bring forth much fruit and have more satisfaction and less depression. Without Him we can accomplish nothing and will have more depression. Separation from loved ones can cause depression. Separation from the One who loves us most will cause the most depression. We should only look at the past to learn where and how we went wrong, repent of sin and stop it. Looking ahead at our glorious future will lift a lot of our depression.
Philippians 3:13: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Romans 8:18: For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Pastor McBay illustrated how he used to look forward to Fridays and to the last day of school. But there is only a short weekend after Fridays and there is only a short summer after the last day of school. One day in Heaven will be worth a whole lot more than a weekend or a short summer. We must make a choice to think about our God and our glorious future, even when our present seems rather dismal.
Psalms 46:1: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.