PYP

If you struggle with depression, don't look for things to confirm your negative bias towards life. The Bible says weep with those who weep, not weep for those who weep.

The other day, one of my friends who wrestles with pessimism and depression called me up, and told me that he was having a hard day. I asked him what was going on. Turns out that one of his old friends just found out that his mom died. My friend, (we'll call him Paul), never spoke with his friend Jacob (the deceased's son). Paul simply heard it through the grapevine. And, as far as I know, Paul had never met Jacob's mom, so he had no personal stake in her passing. But Paul let this news genuinely ruin another one of his days. I do not think this is a Biblical or God-honoring thing to do. The Bible says to weep with those who weep (call up Jacob and listen to him, and cry together), but I'm not sure that it tells us that every time we hear bad news that we are to take the world's grief upon ourselves and mourn. Jesus already did that, it is simply not our burden to bear.