Bible verses about mental illness
The mental illness topic is an extremely tough topic to talk about.
We are a fallen people and sin has deeply affected the very core of our being. Believer or not we all struggle with psychological battles. By grace although we are fallen, believers have been redeemed by Christ and although we still struggle we can take comfort in the fact that we are being renewed in the image of God.
One cause of depression is that we make a habit of looking to self. We must learn to keep our eyes on Christ. We are repeatedly told to fix our eyes on Him. When we set our mind on Him we begin to slowly see and realize how much we are loved by Him.
We begin to realize who we are in Christ and we become more connected to the source of our salvation. Learn to be still. Realize that you are not what Satan says you are. We must renew the mind and believe what God says we are.
We are new, we are valuable, we are precious in His sight, we are redeemed, we are fearfully and wonderfully made, you are a chosen race, a people for His own possession, and more. Never feed thoughts that will bring you down. You are so loved. Get alone with the Lord and practice setting your mind on Him.
Our heart is desperately sick.
We are psychosomatic unities. We will never understand how sick the human heart is. The mind/body connection is so strong that a mere thought can create panic attacks and depression. A mere thought can create pain that was never there. A mere thought makes the pain worse. For those who struggle with this, know this is not your fault. We are all broken and I believe all people have a mental illness.
We all struggle with our thoughts in one way or another. We all overthink things and sometimes our heart and our mind hinder us from doing certain things and being in certain positions. You are not alone in this. Our heart and our mind affects us all in different ways. You can’t solve the problem without knowing the problem and the problem is that we’re broken sinners.
1. Jeremiah 17:9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?”
2. Mark 7:21-23 “For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”
3. Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Trust in the Lord and turn from evil.
4. Proverbs 3:5-8 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”
5. Psalm 37:27 “Turn from evil and do good, and you will live in the land forever.”
Scripture makes it clear that sometimes the problem is sin.
First, I am in no way saying that a Christian can’t struggle with anxiety, dementia, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, depression or other mental illnesses without the cause being sin. I would never say such a thing. Many godly believers struggle with severe mental illnesses.
What I am saying is that we have forgotten that sin can lead to sickness. I personally can attest to this. I used to struggle with terrible anxiety and the reason for this was my sin.
I hardened my heart to conviction and I felt so guilty. I felt like I was being eaten alive and I became paranoid.
Unrepentant and willful sin breaks us and separates us from God. When I finally accepted Christ my anxiety stopped.
Deceitful psychiatrists may say this and that but we have to ask ourselves, are we living in willful and unrepentant sin? Are we living in a way contrary to what we were made for?
Make no mistake about it, the sinful choices we make in our everyday life does indeed affect us. Maybe it’s dwelling on evil things. Maybe it’s holding onto anger and resentment.
Whether it’s schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, insanity, depression, paranoia, etc. We have to see if it is because of sinful choices and life circumstances.
Maybe we are in a financial situation and instead of trusting in God we feel the best response is to dwell on the situation, fear, and remain in a depressed state.
Instead of changing, this becomes a habit. Our first option shouldn’t be psychiatry it should be God’s Word. God’s Word comforts those struggling with a mental illness. However, for those who are living in sin, God’s Word reminds us that sin can make you sick.
A small sin grown over time can become an egregious sin and a continuous lifestyle of rebellion and evilness. When dealing with these problems we should be loving and kind, but we should always stand firm to what Scripture says.
6. Proverbs 28:13 “People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.”
7. Psalm 32:3-5 “When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away by my groaning all day long. For your hand was heavy upon me day and night; my strength was exhausted as in a summer drought. My sin I acknowledged to you; my iniquity I did not hide. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin!”
8. Psalm 38:4-7 “For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness, I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all the day I go about mourning. For my sides are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh.”
9. Psalm 38:18 “I confess my guilt. My sin troubles me.”
10. James 1:14-15 14 “Everyone is tempted by his own desires as they lure him away and trap him. Then desire becomes pregnant and gives birth to sin. When sin grows up, it gives birth to death.”
12. 2 Timothy 1:7 “The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control.”
13. Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
14. Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.”
15. Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.“
2 Corinthians 4:16-17 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.“