Don’t Despair. Somebody Loves you

January 9, 2013

Don’t Despair.  Somebody Loves You

            Somebody loves you.  That’s what I would tell you if I found you on a bridge railing contemplating a plunge into the water to end it all.  If you are one of those young people who   thinks, “I’m not good for anything,  nobody loves me,  nobody cares” please read this article.  If, after reading the article, you still aren’t convinced that somebody loves you, then read it again.  I’m not lying to you.  It’s true.  Somebody loves you.

I can understand how you may have come to the point of desperation that leaves you contemplating suicide.  In the past few years suicide rates, especially among young people, have escalated. Back in 1988 Fletcher A Brothers wrote a book entitled  Teenager, Someone Does Care.  In his book he wrote “Every 21 minutes a teenager commits suicide in America.” It’s lamentable that few are seeking an explanation for these sad statistics.  I believe it’s because our youth are victims of the culture in which we live.

The teaching of evolution has left young people with an inadequate explanation for life.  If, as we are told, life began millions of years ago when some green slime by chance began to evolve, then there is no reason for life.  It all began by chance.  They tell us that only the fittest survive.  If you don’t have reason to believe that you are among the fittest, then there is no future for you.  Everything changes if you believe that God created everything with a purpose and plan.

Multitudes of young people feel they are just a burden to their parents.  Many are left with a terrible emotional scar because their parents separated, or it could be that mom and dad are involved in their careers and other pursuits and have little time for their children.  Their home is filled with bickering and fighting, and little love.

Young people are left with a tremendous void in their life, and they are seeking to fill it.  It’s a void that should be filled with the assurance that they have worth and are loved by those around them.  When young people don’t have that assurance, they seek to fill the void by other means.  Some hope to fill the void by athletic achievement.  If they don’t succeed in that they try   something else.  It may be academic achievement.  If they fail in that, they may seek mutual admiration in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship.  If that fails they may try alcohol or drugs.  That leads to a dead end street.

Some young people, after being hurt again and again by those around them, choose to isolate themselves from society and seek satisfaction by playing computer games.  They would like to take revenge on those who have hurt them, but they know what the consequences would be.  By means of computer games they can unleash vengeance and violence on people who only exist on the computer monitor.  That fills their minds with hatred and may explain the deranged minds of young people who go out and commit mass murder. Then they end it all by shooting themselves so they won’t have to face the consequences.

You may find yourself on a dead end street, thinking there is no reason for turning back into the no win succession of defeats.  When I was a young person I never contemplated suicide, but I did struggle in search of a reason for life.  I didn’t feel like I had an adequate reason for living.  That all changed my first year in college.  There I met some young people who introduced me to someone who made a dramatic change in my life.  That person was none other than God himself.  That’s been over 50 years now and I have never had reason to doubt his presence with me or his love for me.

Young man, young lady, it may be that no one loves you because of your personality defects.   Perhaps it’s not all your fault, but it makes it hard for people to love you.  God will accept you the way you are.  No matter who you are or what you have done, Jesus said in John 6:37, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

If you come to  God, and become a child of his, you can claim the promises he makes to his own.  II Peter 1:4 says, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

You need to come to God humbly in prayer, confessing that you are a sinner, and asking for his forgiveness and his mercy. You need to accept Christ’s sacrifice for your sins.  John 1:12 says you can become a child of God.  “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”  In the Bible that’s also called salvation.  Romans 10:9 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

God does great things for his own.  He will stay with you.  Hebrews 13:5 says, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

God will take you as you are, but he isn’t going to be content to leave you the way you are.  Colossians 1:21-22 says, “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled  in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.” He wants to clean you up and make you a vessel he can use for his gory. Perhaps someday he could use you to rescue someone on the verge of taking his life. He will give your worth.  He will give you victory in your life.  Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”  You need to pray like David of old.  We read one of his prayers in Psalm 139:23-24.  “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:   And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  When God makes you aware of sin in your life you need to confess it.  I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”   You will need the strength and encouragement of a good church.  People there will love and accept you.

My friend, if you are thinking about suicide you need to think again.  It’s not an option.  You may think it’s a way out, but the truth is it’s a way into something much worse than where you find yourself now.  The Bible speaks of an eternal hell. Revelation 20:13-14 says, “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.   And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”  No one needs to go there because God has provided forgiveness and deliverance through the sacrifice of his Son on the cross.

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