“One of the most common tendencies for those with depression is to focus on feelings and to base beliefs and conclusions on those feelings. This is especially true of Christians. For example, they may feel forsaken and conclude that they are forsaken. Also, in an effort to restore true feelings, there is the tendency to read Bible passages that address the feelings. But such a focus on the subjective tends only to make things worse.”
“We should encourage the depressed person to move away from the realm of the subjective and to instead think on the objective truths of Christianity, things that are true regardless of our feelings: justification, adoption, the atonement, the attributes of God, and heaven, for example.”
Well stated. This is also one more good reason for us to know biblical doctrine (such as justification, adoption, etc.)! It helps keep us standing on the unchanging promises of God rather than our changing feelings and emotions.
The above quote is found on page 97 of David Murray’s book, Christians Get Depressed Too.