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What does a person think of when they consider suicide as their only way out? Many thoughts must come to mind. Ecclesiastes 7:17 tells us “Do not be over wicked, and do not be a fool – why die before your time?” Life is a precious gift, given to us by God. However, at times people find life to be unbearable. According to Christ Unlimited Ministries, the suicide rate has tripled among teen and young adults in the past 40 years. This is for the United States, but is similar to other countries in the world. So what can we do about this? For all of life’s big questions, we can turn to the Bible. So what does the Bible say about suicide?
Did you know that David, Jeremiah, and Job all battled depression? What would it be like if these men committed suicide? It would change a lot. David writes in Psalm 13:2 “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?” Depression can be a crippling enemy. Yet, David, as well as Jeremiah and Job, were blessed by God and persevered through depression. James 1:2-4 states; “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Perseverance is a blessing from God, so why not use it to its fullest potential, and “be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
If you are considering suicide, stop and rely on the grace of God. Open your eyes and ears, and pay attention. God will get you through this. As written in the Book of James, “the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” Depression is a test of faith. Suicide is not the answer. God is!
Walk in Christ Ministries is a Christ-like Family Life Crisis Ministry. For more information on Walk in Christ Ministries, check out http://www.walkinchrist.net. Colossians 2:6 states “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” Ask yourself, are you walking in Christ?