There are so many topics that I know I’m not qualified to truly speak about, but I trust God and His Word (the Bible) and I feel I can at least get the discussion started for some people. This is one of those topics.
First off, we all get sad. The Bible doesn’t say that Christians will be so filled with a never ceasing happiness, but rather a joy. Joy supersedes happiness and sadness. You can be sad and joyful at the same time. Don’t believe me? Have you ever had a loved one pass away that you knew went to Heaven? That’s what I mean, you can be joyful that they were saved and are now in Heaven with Christ Jesus, while being sad that they are not with you anymore.
Secondly, there is a big difference between being sad and being depressed. As someone who suffers from both of these, I know there is a major difference. And please, do not believe when people tell you that “if the Spirit is in you, then you cannot be depressed.” That is a load of hogwash. Please, read Job and tell me that the Bible doesn’t show that God loves someone struggling with depression. And Job is not the only example, but he’s a great example. Depression is not a sin, it’s a medical condition. Saying you can’t be Christian and suffer from depression is like saying you can’t be a Christian and have cancer. Would you believe that? Then why believe that God can’t see through depression? Why? Maybe it’s because depression tells you that you’re not good enough and that there must be some truth in the statement. Depression speaks the truth in that you are not good enough…Christ was, and He died for you so that you would be seen as good enough.
Sadness comes and goes. Things make us sad. Things make us angry. Things make us happy. Jesus Himself was sad from time to time and He was perfect. He was the only one to live a sinless life and He was sad sometimes. Sad is okay but try to find happiness. If you’re depressed, God still loves you. Do something to get out of depression so your light can shine brightly. You can be depressed and love, you can be sad and love. If you have everything but don’t have love, you have nothing (basis of 1 Corinthians 13:1-3).