Matthew 11: 28-30

Mental health awareness month helps us to take a deeper look at mental illness.   The stigma behind mental illness has not changed since Jesus walked this earth.  If you show signs of mental illness, you are possessed by demons or mentally retarded.  People who are mentally ill are sick and need help.  Jesus never treated anyone different because they of their situation.  He shared his gift of healing to all.  Let’s look at the Matthew 11:28-30 to see how Jesus treated the sick.  

Matthew 11: 28 states, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. “ .  Jesus did not kick others when they were down.  Some mental patients do not get a lot of sleep because of manic episodes, so help others to rest by praying for them and not ridiculing them for their actions.  

Matthew 11:29 states, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”.   God works through us and we are blessed when we adhere to his word.  Do not pass judgment on anyone, especially the mentally ill.  They cannot control what is happening to them even with medication and treatments.  Be kind and gentle to everyone.  

Mathhew 11:30 states,” For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” We are so busy trying to please the world that we forget that life is about the little things.  You can experience mental illness too if you are anxious, depress or more.  Lighten up your responsibilities and if you are having a manic episode, get help.  

We have to approach mental illness like Jesus did.  He was gentle and kind; live a simple live; and help those in need get rest.