Suicide? – Don’t Do It

February 17, 2015

                                                                                   Suicide? – Don’t Do It

Suicide shouldn’t even be considered. If you are considering it, you may say, “But you don’t know the situation I’m in.” That’s true, but you don’t know what a glorious future you could have if you would accept a solution. Suicide is an option, but it’s never the only or the best option. Sometimes the darkest hour is just before the dawn. There is still reason for living. God has a glorious plan for your life if you will seek it.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death worldwide. People commit suicide for many reasons. It is nearly always because of stress caused by personal problems. It is an act of desperation. It appears to be the last and only resort.

“Every 21 minutes a teenager commits suicide in the United States.” [i] Many times teenagers face stress because of a broken love affair. A young man takes his life because his girlfriend broke off her relationship with him. Sometimes it is the girl who does it. Perhaps teenagers aren’t mature enough to handle broken relationships. A loss often needs to be followed by a time of grieving. Adults many times face that too. Sometimes teenagers commit suicide as an act of revenge because they didn’t get their way. Teenager, you still have your life ahead of you.

Some commit suicide to escape the consequences ahead of them because of imprudent decisions they have made. They may be financial decisions. Sometimes it’s because of an illicit relationship. It may be caused by depression because of hardships and losses. Some are caused by prescription or illicit drugs.

If you are contemplating suicide please, please stop to think of the grief it would cause your family and friends. Not only will they grieve your loss.  They may suffer from guilt feelings. They think of things they could have done that might have prevented you from doing it.   Suicide is a cruel, shameful way to treat those who love you.

Suicide may appear to be an option if you find yourself in desperation. Seek counsel from someone you trust before making a decision of that magnitude.  It is almost certain that they can suggest some other and better options.

Ask yourself two questions. The first question is “Why am I here?” To answer that question, you need to realize that you are a creation of God. You may say, “It’s my life. I’ll do what I want to with it.” No, your life is not your own. You are here because God willed it. Life is sacred. Exodus 20:13 says, “Thou shalt not kill.” Only God has a right to end your life. God doesn’t do anything without purpose or plan. God put you here, and he has a purpose for your being here. Christ died on the cross to make it possible for God to forgive you. Put your complete trust in him and receive him as your Lord and Savior. He will forgive you and make you a child of his. Then, if you will let him, he will guide you and give you a reason for living. Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Don’t expect God to show you in an instant his plan for your entire life. The verbs in that verse are in the present. Little by little he shows you his plan. He can help you out of your desperate situation and show you the way ahead.

The second question you need to ask yourself is “Where will I go after this life?” You need to know that after this life there are only two destinations for the soul. Hebrews 9:27 says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” John 3:36 explains the two destinies. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” If you aren’t a child of God, taking your life will not be the end. It will be the beginning of the wrath of God.

The following are some resources for those contemplating suicide:

The Samaritans/ samaritans.org

National suicide prevention lifeline 1-800-799-4889

Call the pastor of a local Bible believing church.

[i] “Teenager, Someone Does Care!” Fletcher A. Brothers, P. 46 The Sword Of The Lord press, 1984

If you have questions or comments you can send them to us at the following address:  rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

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