I have heard a few Christians argue that a follower of Christ cannot be or should not be depressed. I have had several conversations lately with believers who have expressed their struggle with depression as of late. I don't understand how one's emotional and sometimes psychological problems make them an unholy person, or one less worthy to call themselves a disciple.
I understand that as a believer in Christ, there is a hope that the world does not have. It is the hope of eternal glory and present peace. But, at some point, life may be overwhelming and a person may not have the coping skills to navigate through their issues.
I guess I am just asking for opinions. When do you encourage someone not to "worry about anything, but in everything present requests to the Lord" and He will give them "peace that transcends all understanding" (Phil 4), and when do you encourage someone to maybe seek the help of a professional?
What are your thoughts on depression in the life of a believer?