It not only applies to those who suffer from depression as does its author, Pastor Bryan Lowe.
This teaching applies to every believer in Jesus Christ.
“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin.” 1 John 2:1
John hopes that his readers would make a choice— not to commit sin. After all, what soldier goes into battle with the intent of getting just a little wounded? Often we will sin just because it seems so inevitable, and we feel we can’t help ourselves. (But the reality is that we can.)
But the Holy Spirit now lives inside. Cooperation with Him is needed. Often we will work ourselves into a ‘no win scenario’ where we believe that sin rules. We can’t beat it, so we stop trying. That is common, and sad.
‘Passivity’ is defined as
Mentally ill people are often passive. We are told that we have an uncontrolled illness which dictates that we act ‘irresponsible.’ Our depression often escalates and we feel victimized by it. My experience has taught me that there are three kinds of depression:
- organic depression, or the ‘biochemistry’ of the disease,
- Guilty depression, the kind that feels bad because of what we’ve done (or didn’t do),
- reactionary depression, the type we feel when experiencing a loss, a loved one, or a job
Yes, we are believers. And yes, we have issues. We’re waiting for a miracle, and hope we get a breakthrough soon.At the base point of our lives, quite often, there is a passive attitude. Passivity aggravates our depression or mental illness. It deepens, spreading through our lives like a contagious illness. Our discipleship sputters and stalls. We no longer act on God’s Word, but we find ourselves fabricating a faith that makes allowances for our situation.
But we must ‘act the miracle.’ Everything God gives… everything… must be received by a convinced faith. We must be persuaded to give up our flawed ideas, and believe God for the real thing. I opened up this with 1 John 2:1. But there’s much more to this verse:
“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
I don’t want you to sin. Avoid sin. But even if you do— we have someone who will plead our case before God. He stands and argues our case. He loves us that much.
Take a look at Pastor Bryan Lowe's work here. It might be helpful for you or for someone else who suffers.
Also check out "Faith Way" on the "Mental Health Platform" here.