[Papercut Press Publishing] 1998-09-08 - Spiritual Gloom

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Spiritual gloom, or religious melancholy is not uncommon among professing Christians. Many have had contact with someone who is barely operating and living as if they are in the daze of a spiritual funk.

John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrims Progress struggled with the burden of guilt from past sins. Luther, in the dim light of his prison cell at Wartburg, thought he saw the devil and hurled his inkstand at his head.

We all have our moments of gloom. I like to call them the dark moments of the soul. For many these moments are momentary, for others they can be struggles that last for years.

Fears of unworthiness are often found in those who feel that they have sinned greatly and who wonder how God can, or more painfully why would God wish to, save them. The promises of the gospel for such are "Repent and believe" (Mark 1:15). Salvation in Christ is for anyone who will come to repentance and faith in the work of Jesus Christ.

Others struggle with having lived the life of faith for a time and then fallen away. Often these wonder if they have committed the unpardonable sin. Such struggles can be debilitating. But the gospel speaks loudly.

He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit. (Titus 3:5)

If you wonder whether you have committed the unpardonable sin, it is great evidence that you have not. To show concern and care for the salvation of your soul is a sign you are on the right path, not the wrong.

If you have moments of spiritual gloom you are not alone. It is not an easy thing to do, but maintaining a mindset of "Rest in Christ, Rest in Christ", can be or become a great comfort to us. May God grant us grace that, resting in Christ, we might gain spiritual vitality and peace.

"In a really dark night of the soul it is always three in the morning, day after day." F. Scott Fitzgerald

"We do not usually learn that Christ is all we need until we reach that point where he is all we have!" Vance Havner

Soli Deo Gloria,
Tim