Updated: Feb 4, 2019
When we are truly born again yet we sin and continue to walk in the ways of the world, sorrow will fill our heart because only true joy and peace is found by walking according to His ways.
One reason a Christian may be living in a state of constant depression is because they are not walking with Jesus on His path, but rather, are walking on another path that leads to a constant feeling of depression and hopelessness. Often, Christians will compromise on what they know is right, instead doing wrong, and this causes a conflict within because we have His Holy Spirit, but are doing what is unholy. Our soul is in distress and we cannot find rest until we resolve the issue and do what is right. Then peace will come.
Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
The Bible teaches that when we acknowledge (submit to) Him in all our ways, He will direct our path before us and on that path we will find the joy, peace and contentment that comes with being an obedient child of God. If we constantly do what we know is wrong, this is where a Christian will experience the pain of living a dual life. It’s a very stressful and impossible lifestyle to live long term, not to mention that this is not what God intended for His adopted son/daughter. In fact, if a person is continually choosing to do wrong long term, then the question begs as to whether that person truly is saved at all. God's grace gives us the power to be set free and to do what is right.
What’s the answer? Repent. Make your peace with Jesus today and follow His instructions without delay. If you do this with all your heart, God will turn your sorrows into victories and you will find rest for your soul. Obedience is the fruit that we belong to Him and this fruit is what separates us from the world. We shine His glorious light into darkness which is why we should no longer be living in darkness ourself. This is a witness to the world of the resurrection power of Christ who is living and active in the lives of believers today.
Jesus was obedient to the Father, and we are to be obedient to Christ. This is where we will find the fullness of joy.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
-- By Judah Ayling