We all encounter troublesome people: those who rub us the wrong way. When they come into our lives, we have two choices – judge them or show mercy. I have learned from the Epistle of James to be slow to judge but quick to show mercy, for mercy triumphs over judgment (James 2:130.
What does this have to do with depression and other dark places? Have you not noticed that those who judge others harshly are themselves most miserable, and those who show mercy to all are themselves most happy?
Choosing mercy over judgment was one of the ingredients that drew me out of major depression, for it freed my mind from negative ruminations to focus on the blessings around me, even troublesome people.