Of course my answer to that title question is a resounding YES!!!!
Have you ever had a time in life when you felt really low? Nothing was going right in your world. It seemed like all your friends had somehow vanished into thin air. Everyone was on your case. Your health seemed to be poor or declining. People may have been picking on you at school or work. It seemed like even your family wasn’t on your same page. Your financial situation was looking real bleak. Your living situation was chaotic. You think you may have done so much wickedness that no one will want or love you, and so on…
I know I am not the only one who has ever felt that way to one or more of the above. According to a 2012 compiled survey/study of visiting 17 countries the World Health Organization stated that at least 1 in 20 persons had, at minimum, one episode of depression in the previous year. The 2015 statistic from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention stated an American dies every 12.95 minutes from suicide. According to a 2012 statistic from the World Health Organization over 800,000 persons commit suicide globally each year. That’s on average 1 person every 40 seconds WORLD WIDE. After looking at those statistics I know for a fact I am not the only person who has ever felt down in the dumps at some point in time.
Well, why do people ever feel this way? Why are there so many people in this world who feel like this, and result to such serious measures? What in the world is going on? What is the answer to this dying and depressed world?
The answer is JESUS. I know the skeptic and critic will say “that is the craziest or dumbest thing they have ever heard”. They also may ask “How can Jesus solve anyone’s problems?” However, my question to them would be “have you ever, sincerely, wholeheartedly tried Jesus as the answer?” I have, and that’s why I can honestly say it was the best prescription for the problem.
At one point in my life, I had hit a moment in which I thought “if I just ran away would anyone even notice?” The thing is, its obvious that 1. that thought wasn’t from God and 2. neither was it from my own mind. You see “your adversary the devil, [is] as a roaring lion, [who] walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” – 1 Peter 5:8… He, the devil, literally has nothing better to do than to make our lives miserable and attempt to break us by planting seeds of discouragement and doubt in our minds. He wants us to be so broken that we turn away from the source of all joy and strength which is God [Habakkuk 3:18]. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I [Jesus] am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10 While the devil is on a rampage with everyone’s life to tear us apart, God had sent His son Jesus to offer us something that no one in this world could ever give, His life.
You see, “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8. While we were down in the dumps God through His infinite love sent His son to die for us. God sent His son so that when we felt friendless we could have a “friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”-Proverbs 18:24. God sent His son so that He could be “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1. God sent Jesus to this world to bridge the gap between heaven and humanity, and because Jesus loved us so much He was willing to sacrifice all. Jesus sacrificed all, just in hope that we would love Him in return. He came and gave His life for us, paying our penalty of death, just in hope that we would be willing to accept His free pardon.
What does God ask for us in return, after all that He gave and sacrificed for us? “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31. All He asks from us, is to love Him with ever fiber of our being. Then to love our neighbors as we want to be loved, and in doing so, we will want and desire everyone to know and hear about Christ’s matchless love. We will be such contagious Christians, that we can’t help but to desire everyone around us to experience what He has done for us in our lives. Not only by telling/preaching to those in our sphere, but by our lives we can show what He can do for them in theirs.
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