Over the last six or so years I’ve been through lots of therapy for depression. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) seems to work the best for me. In a nutshell, it helps you learn how to reframe negative thoughts that you’ve lived by your whole life. In the past three or so years I’ve been growing closer and closer to Jesus Christ and part of developing that relationship has been through reading my bible regularly. It’s amazing how much of what I’ve learned through CBT is covered in the bible. The more I thought about it, I realize everyone’s trying to figure out how to deal with stress, anxiety, insecurity, depression, grief, shame, jealousy, guilt… and it’s all right there in the Word of God. I’m even thinking about writing a book about it!
Here are some examples. Matthew 6:34 tells us not to worry. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” And so does Matthew 6:27 “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” And when I went through a particularly miserable time of guilt and shame, if I had just known there are so many scriptures I could have read to comfort me. Like Romans 8:1-2, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youfree from the law of sin and death.” This scripture is a great comfort to me. It reassured me I am forgiven and shall be free of guilt and shame.
From simple life lessons like not judging others (Luke 6:37) to something as complex as severe depression (Psalm 34:18 & 46:1) there are stories, sermons and parables throughout the entire bible to help make sense of it all. The parallels of the bible’s teachings to those of Cognitive Therapy are unmistakable. God knew what he was doing when he gave us His Word to guide us through this life. If we would just use it and trust it we would could avoid a lot of pitfalls we experience.
Please don’t think I’m taking the issue of depression lightly. I strongly support psychotherapy. The time I spent with my therapist is invaluable to my recovery from depression. Combining what I’ve learned through therapy with the teachings of the Holy Bible has made a huge impact on my life. My therapy validates what’s been in the bible for all time and the bible validates everything I learned in therapy. So many people are searching… Searching for hope… Searching for acceptance… Searching for love… Searching for peace. It’s all there in the bible. I pray if you are searching, you take time to read the bible and see all it has to offer. Seek counsel from others too. But if you just give the bible a try, I know you’ll be astounded by what you find inside.