Being Alone Could Lead to Joy Not Depression
I receive periodic visits from a representative of the Veterans Administration, rooted from when they “took me in” during a time of homelessness. The officials at the V.A. gave me a clean verification of mental, emotional, and physical health. When the Rep. visits, he asks a routine question, “Do you feel any loneliness, depression, or suicidal thoughts?” The V.A. Rep. realizes that I have very little social interaction. My reply to his question was, “How could I not be happy?!” He genuinely looked baffled at my response so I went on to explain; In a shorter version, that I’m not part of the crowd that makes war with God and seem to think that they should be the Christ within other people. If it’s not them then they become demonic! They curse the name of God and curse the Children of God as they trample on the fruit of the Holy Spirit. They mock anyone who shows respect and honor for those in authority and they reinforce hostile and hurtful attitudes. They incite sexual lusts to inflame the nature of sin, they steal from those trying to live a good life, they lie to deceive the good-hearted, and they desire only material things and nothing spiritual.
When I go to bed and wake up I have no regrets about what I’ve done or said to others, I have no feelings of emptiness, and no depression. That makes me happy! I’m separated from that part of society that leads to sad and depressing consequences. Me being alone is Joy and not depression.
Obviously, the number of people in someone’s life does not correlate to their happiness or depression. Likewise, having no one to interact with has no bearing on one’s happiness or depression. This is known as being set-apart from the sinful ways of the world. Satan wants to put you under a heavy load of sin to weigh on your conscience, soul, spirit, and physical life. That heavy burden will definitely lead to demonic negativity, pessimism, withdrawal, and depression. When that heavy sin load is lifted by the Cross of Christ, we feel lighter and freer in the spirit and soul, we are free from the heavy burden of sin. The Spirit of Life through Christ Jesus makes us free from sin and death. God sent His Son to reconcile us to Himself, and in His Spirit is joy. The Joy of the Lord is our strength.
What Christ did for us by shedding His blood on the Cross was to put sin into remission. When our sin is in remission we come apart from the ways of the world that weigh us down with the burden of sin. As the sin nature is nailed to the Cross, the Spirit of Joy, Peace, Love, and Perseverance begins to be a part of our spirit. It is better to be alone in the Cross of Christ than to be familiar with the ways of the world. That is the Holy Spirit working in us. Everyday we have Three very Special People to keep us company, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.