Presented on January 23, 2020 via Zoom hosted by University Baptist Church, Philippines
Excerpt: Anxiety and depression are emotions. According to Professor of Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, Dan Allender noted that emotions are the messengers of our body. He said, “Emotions are like messengers from the front lines of the battle zone. Our tendency is to kill the messenger. But if we listen carefully, we will learn how to fight the war successfully.” Similar to this statement, Dallas Willard said, “Feelings are good servants, but they are disastrous masters.”
Even though I appreciate most of the psychological theories like Erikson’s psychosocial development, Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis, or the cognitive, behavioral, and personality theories, I still believe that Christianity has a greater offer when it comes to our personal development. To elaborate on this point and the gap between psychology and Christianity, first, is on the essence of the soul or spiritual things. The second is on the transcendence or the significance of eternal matters. (check my article for more)
On C. S. Lewis’ thoughts, human pain, and suffering are caused by our thought of self-sufficiency. It would really be painful for us to ought to surrender our will to the will of our Creator. Only by being aware of surrendering our will to Him that our wholeness and our identity become more creative, full, and liberating.
Christ sympathizes with you, in Hebrews 4:15 “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”
Dane Ortlund explained that “In our pain, Jesus is pained…His human nature engages our troubles comprehensively. His is a love that cannot be held back when he sees his people in pain. Jesus is able to sympathize. He “co-suffers” with us.”
Philip Yancey said, “God wants us to choose to love Him freely, even when that choice involves pain because we are committed to Him, not to our own good feelings and rewards. He wants us to cleave to him, as Job did, even when we have every reason to deny Him hotly.”
**For more Practical Steps and Christian Principles in dealing Anxiety and Depression, download the whole article on the link above.
 Dan B. Allender, and Tremper Longman III, The Cry of the Soul: How Our Emotions Reveal Our Deepest Questions about God (Colorado Springs, CO, USA: NavPress, 2015), 8.
 Dallas Willard, Renovation of the Heart: Putting On the Character of Christ (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2014), 98.
 C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain (Broadway, New York: HarperOne, 1940), 94-98.
 Dane Ortlund, Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2020), 46, 49.
 Philip Yancey, Where is God when it Hurts? Revised and Expanded edition (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1990), 91.