John MacArthur and John Piper on their very different experiences of depression

John MacArthur and John Piper on their very different experiences of depression July 4, 2013

In the video below there is a very helpful segment beginning at 39:45 (click here to start it playing at that point, or use the slider below). The segment begins with MacArthur explaining that he has never really been depressed. Some Christians are a bit like MacArthur. To be honest, that can make it hard for them to empathize with the Piper’s of this world who goes on to describe how he had a period of his life where he was significantly depressed that lasted several years.  MacAthur’s incredulous “Years?!” demonstrates how very differently they are wired.

If you are like a MacArthur give thanks that your brain chemistry saves you from the anguish many others feel.  IF you are like a Piper give thanks firstly that even if it takes years your low mood will pass (and for many medication may speed that up). But also, as we said yesterday, give thanks that God wants to comfort you in the middle of your suffering so you can comfort others.

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