Is Depression Sin?
The Bible never says it is a sin to be depressed. Several
strong men in the Bible who followed God became depressed: the
prophet Elijah (1 Kings 19); David, who wrote many of the psalms
(Psalms 42, 43, and others); even the perfect Jesus (Matthew
So to be depressed is not the same as being guilty of sin,
although depression can be a signal of sin in our lives. If your
depression has been caused, at least in part, by rebellion against
God and His standards set forth in the Bible, then your first
step must be to confess the sin to God and turn away from your
disobedience. This can bring quick relief to your depression
and replace it with relief and great joy! This is the good news
of God freely forgiving us, based on the death and resurrection
of Jesus Christ.
Depression is a normal part of life for most people. For some
it is a relatively minor and temporary experience. Others face
it more regularly, as part of the temperament with which they
were born or as a result of their environment.
Only a few people struggle with severe and chronic depression,
which can lead to sickness or irrational behavior, such as suicide.
If you fear that you may be in this last category, please write