I know that the title “Doctrine Cures Depression” seems a bit strange, but actually it is quite biblical. Looking at our life from a biblical point of view is the cure for whatever gets us down. The biblical point of view is applying whatever Scripture has to say about our situation, and that is doctrine. I came across this thought while reading that modern classic of a work entitled, “Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Its Cure” by D. Martin Lloyd-Jones. Here is what he says, In other words, the great antidote to spiritual depression is the knowledge of Biblical doctrine, Christian doctrine, Not having the feelings worked up in meetings, but knowing the principles of the faith, knowing and understanding the doctrines. That is the Biblical way, that is Christ’s own way as it is also the way of Him, and you get that in His Word. Let’s apply this truth to see how it works. What is the cause of our depression? Depression is the result of examining our life from an unbiblical point of view. Romans 8:28 tells us that absolutely everything we experience as a believer is orchestrated by our Father in heaven, and yet he cannot be blamed for the evil that is done according to that plan (Acts 4:27-28). Not only does our Father orchestrate our life situation, but what we experience is also his perfectly wise and loving plan for us. Therefore, the only proper response for the believer is a biblical response. By biblical response I mean the wholehearted giving of thanks and acknowledging that whatever we are experiencing is coming from the loving hand of our Father (1 Thessalonians 5:18). The hard part in this whole equation is the issue of our feelings and thoughts or perception. In order to embrace the biblical perspective on our life we must ignore how things seem to us or how they feel to us. This is why the biblical statement about the need for each of us to allow other believers into our lives is so critical (Hebrews 10:24-25). We need friends who love Jesus more than they love us. We do not need friends who come along side to tell us that our life is so hard and that it is quite reasonable for us to be down about our life. It is not biblically reasonable for us to be down since what we are experiencing is exactly what our Father in heaven wants us to experience. The quicker that we embrace the perspective of our loving Father the quicker we will free ourselves from that ugly effect of the sin of refusing to believe our Father’s words about what we are experiencing. Depression is the natural result of this type of sin. So…… doctrine is the cure for depression. The application of biblical truth is the antidote for the ailment of depression.