I’m depressed. I can’t get excited about the holidays.
The malls are packed, the neighborhoods lit up and your friends are making holiday plans. You want to join them, but you can’t snap out of it. Tinsel and trinkets just don’t fill the void.
But God says you are never alone. He cares about you. He knows your name and understands what you’re going through. He can bear your heartache and longs to walk beside you if you’ll have Him. He’s your friend, your confidant and a great listener.
Don’t let Christmas slip by feeling lonely and discouraged. Replace the weight of depression with the freeing hope that only God can offer.
Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!
The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10).
But here’s the problem:
Step 2 – Man is sinful and separated from God.
We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23).
The good news?
Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!
Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever.
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives!
“Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).
Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?
We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:
"Dear God,I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness.I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He diedfor my sin and that you raised Him to life.I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord,from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will.I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."
Did you pray this prayer?