This is what God gave me today in his word:
For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it–though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. (2 Corinthians 7:8-10)
Godly grief. That’s an interesting concept. What exactly is it? And how, aside from the result, is it different from worldly grief? Speaking of which, what is worldly grief anyway?
First, what is the difference between, and what exactly are godly and worldly grief? … Seeing as one leads to death and the other to repentance, I think it’s a rather important distinction.
For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter. (2 Corinthians 7:11)
Worldly grief, commonly called depression, kills your mind and consequently body. Godly grief (not depression), is where you are corrected and in response to the correction, don’t mope about it, but instead listen and do as the Corinthians did, which is to change. – The difference between the two being as already stated, the result. One person acts on what he is told, the other get’s depressed and go kills himself. It may seem blunt but it is what it is. One is the Corinthians/Christian, the other, is the rest of the people in the world. However, there is a cure for worldly depression (aside from suicide). This is commonly called, Jesus Christ (not Psychotropic drugs).
Second, how can Jesus heal depression? … Is it true that just like with cancer, people are just stuck with it for life?
38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. (Acts 13:38)
Worldly grief causes what again? Death. What was it Jesus conquered again? Death. Therefore it’s safe to assume that through Jesus, worldly grief’s result can be fixed. But what about depression itself? Depression is not cured by drugs (www.settingcaptivesfree.com/courses/cross-centered-mind/). It is, however, cured by knowing Jesus. Because what really causes depression? Inability to obey what you’ve been told to obey, Jesus in essence, fixes that problem by obeying it for you.
You are Loved!