Anger, depression, and anxiety are natural responses that can grow within us as we encounter this fallen world. Still, they are not the responses that the Holy Spirit is at work in our life to develop. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control." Galatians 5:22-23 As the Spirit is working to replace anger, depression, and anxiety in our lives with the fruit of the Spirit, Let us prayerfully consider what the Lord says about these things in His Word.
Proverbs 14:29; 15:18; 16:32
Ephesians 4:26-27; 31-32
Colossians 3:7-8; 12
2 Corinthians 4:8-9; 16-18
What do these verses teach about anger? Depression? Worry?
How do these verses teach us to handle anger? Depression? Worry?
Do theses verses teach us anything about what causes anger? Depression? Worry?
Do these verses teach us about the consequences of anger? Depression? Worry?
How do things verses apply specifically to your situation?
Advice from Dr. David Penley on what to do when you feel depressed (application may also be made to anger and worry):
1. Pray to God and ask Him to help you not to let depression keep you from performing tasks you need to perform. Praise Him for His help at this time. (Ephesians 5:20; Philippians 4:6-7
2. Ask God to show you any sinful actions or attitudes you need to confess. (1 John 1:9)
3. Get up and perform the tasks you have in front of you. Do not put them off. Do them whether you feel like it or not (1 Kings 19:4-8, 15-16). If you have no specific task, use the time to study God's Word. Have a Bible study plan that you can turn to at such times.
4. Do not yourself at this point slip into avoidance techniques, i.e., sleep, watching TV, etc. Do not let yourself do those things until you have completed the assigned task.
5. Establish accountability, if necessary. Have someone you can call on who will encourage you when the feelings seem to be winning the battle. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 3:13)