“Anxiety in the heart of a man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad”.
The above scripture is pretty straight forward and self-explanatory.
If I were to ask a number of people what causes depression, the majority would mention traumatic events like bereavement, divorce, redundancy, sickness etc. Even though this is true, depression could also begin with a much smaller event like our day-to-day worries and anxieties.
The Bible states that, when one is anxious in their heart, they are headed in the path of depression. As an overcomer of depression myself (Praise God), I can sincerely tell you it is not a pleasant road to walk on. It gets darker than the night, you feel alone, drained in every area of your life and worse of all, you feel suicidal. Therefore, it is of outmost importance that we do not allow the worries of life to lead us.
As a believer, you are not exempt from the troubles of life. Life does not spare its rod on you because you are born-again.
God knows this, He knew you would be worried about that job before you were born, He knew you would be anxious about your children before you had them, He knew you would be concerned and worried about that situation before it happened. Hence why He gave you His word in Philippians 4:6 & 7,
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (7) And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.
Notice vrs 7 (And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus), not continue to be anxious and worry in your hearts and minds.
Please read my previous post titled “Guard Your Heart”, it explains ways on how to guard your heart.
You ever heard this ‘saying’ especially from believers?
“I’m only human, all I can do it worry.”
Not only is this statement an oxymoron, it is also a sin and lie from the pitch of hell. Satan wants to hinder your peace and blessings and one of the ways he does this is by drawing your mind to worry.
Whatever you feed, grows.
If you feed on his lies and your anxieties, you are headed towards the road of depression like the Bible says.
Meditating on the word of God and applying them to your life gives you peace and rest.
It can get overwhelming and difficult, I know, but the great news is Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28,
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
I love the second part of Proverbs 12:25, it says, “……..But a kind word makes it glad”.
I believe it is the duty of every believer to learn how to say kind words from our hearts, not only to each other but also to the world. You may never know the extent of other’s trial, however one thing is for sure, that the pleasant words you share are like sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:24.
I’m praying for your emotional, spiritual and physical health.