295. Unforgiveness

Forgiveness

A wonderful source of depression is unforgiveness. Anxiety and stress are byproducts of unforgiveness, and these are two of the major ingredients of depression and other dark places.

Jesus tells His disciples in Matthew 18: 21 & 22 that they are to forgive those who sin against them seventy-seven times. In the Lord’s prayer He tells us to forgive those who trespass against us. My concordance cites 143 recordings of the word forgive and its derivatives.

I had a client in my depression ministry who was unable to forgive her mother, the aunt who raised her, and three other family members. Even when I asked her why God would forgive her sins if she did not forgive others, she still would not forgive. She rid herself of the worst ravages of depression by electroconvulsive therapy, but a low-level depression remained, and a joyless life.

 

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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One Response to 295. Unforgiveness

  1. Robert Farquhar says:

    I am not a mental health professional; however, it seems to me that character issues of unforgiveness, unthankfulness and pride may be in some manner connected to some elements of depression.

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