Often, when things are tough in our life, darkness starts to envelope us….we call it depression. How can we beat back this darkness? The first step is to continually seek the presence of Jesus in our lives. This, I believe, is the best cure for depression. I also believe that it is also never wrong to seek the medical help and to ask Jesus to use it to help heal us. Jesus is the light we need in our lives that pushes away the darkness.
Jesus spoke to the people again. He said, “I am the light of the world. Those who follow me will never walk in darkness. They will have the light that leads to life.”
The second step to dealing with the darkness that at times envelopes our lives is to reflect the light of Jesus. As we follow Him, He tells us that we are then “The light of this this world”. When we “reflect” His light in our lives not only are we in the light, we share the light with others which helps thems push away the darkness.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can’t be hidden. 15 Also, people do not light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand. Then it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 “In the same way, let your light shine in front of others. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will praise your Father who is in heaven.
When someone is struggling to cope with a tough situation in their lives, how can we be a friend and how can we help? How can we reflect the light of Jesus? We can start by being sensitive. God provides opportunities to comfort others going through some of the same things we go through. Listen to those who are struggling. A listening ear reflects a caring heart. Speak words that are encouraging and helpful.
My momma always told me, “Jan D. when you feel depressed and down, just get yourself up and go out and help someone and it will help you to feel better”. She is certainly right. Along those same lines, comfort others in their times of need and you will often find yourself comforted for in your time of need.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ( NIRV )
3 Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who gives tender love. All comfort comes from him. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles. Now we can comfort others when they are in trouble. We ourselves have received comfort from God.
Job 21:2 ( NLT )
“Listen closely to what I am saying. That’s one consolation you can give me.
Proverbs 12:-25 ( NIRV )
Worry makes a man’s heart heavy. But a kind word cheers him up.
Ephesians 4:29 ( NIRV )
Don’t let any evil talk come out of your mouths. Say only what will help to build others up and meet their needs. Then what you say will help those who listen.
May you reflect the light of Jesus daily and may you find refuge in His light.