Each year 44,965 Americans die by suicide. (source)
So often these days we see people losing hope and making the terrible choice to take their own lives. Life is no longer valued like the gift it is. Suicide is portrayed as a GOOD thing and as an “escape” from life’s troubles. In the media, suicide is shown as something that is a good solution to depression and that has good results. This breaks my heart.
I don’t know if you have ever been affected by suicide – whether you’ve had a loved one commit suicide, or have thought about it yourself – but I want you to know something: suicide is NEVER the answer, and here are a few reasons why.
Suicide spreads death, not life
Someone who commits suicide might say that they wanted revenge on the people who hurt them, that they wanted people to really love them, or even that they simply wanted an escape from life’s problems. Friends, suicide does not do any good. Sure, it might get the suicidal person some sympathy and make friends and family realize how much they loved them, but what is the good in that since that person is now dead?
Suicide spreads death, because when someone dies, there is always grief. When someone dies by suicide, it causes a different and even worse kind of sadness. Furthermore, when others see that this person killed themselves because they were depressed, they may decide that suicide is a good solution to depression and try it as well.
If you have thought about commiting suicide to get sympathy or to make life better, it won’t. Suicide spreads death, while joy found in Jesus spreads LIFE. Think about those around you. Think about what kind of hole you will leave if you kill yourself. It is not worth it.
Psalm 16:11 // You will show me the path of life. In your presence is fullness of joy.
In your right hand there are pleasures forever more.
Life is a gift from God
Your life, my life, the lives of all individuals, are gifts from our good Giver. YOU HAVE SO MUCH MORE LIFE TO LIVE. There are so many beautiful things in each day to see and experience. I know life gets hard, and circumstances look bleak. However, taking your life is never a solution to that problem! God created you on purpose, and for a purpose.
Because our lives belong to God, we don’t have a right to take them, or the lives of others. You have been bought with a price, because God sent His Son Jesus to die for YOU!!
Life is a gift from God, and must be used wisely. You, my friend, are needed on this earth. You are so loved by Love Himself! Why else would you have woken up today? If your life was meant to be over, God would have allowed it. However, nonetheless, you are alive and reading this now. God has so much purpose for you!!
Psalm 139:13-14 // For you formed my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful. My soul knows that very well.
Romans 8:38-39 // For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Murder is a sin
This might sound bleak, and even harsh, but murder is a serious sin. It is not something that we should take lightly, especially if we believe in God and the hope that is in Him.
Murder brings darkness, not light, and suicide is murder.
1 John 3:15 says // Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him.
Revelation 21:8 // But for the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their part is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
These verses show us how serious murder, and suicide, are. They show us that people who are murderers do not have eternal life and will burn in a fire after death.
To be honest, I’m not too sure that a Christian who commits suicide will go to heaven. It just does not seem right to me. If someone was saved and knew the hope they had in Jesus, they would know how wrong suicide is. Oftentimes people who commit suicide have lost hope, but if they truly knew Jesus, they would have found true hope.
Yet, none of us will ever probably know for sure if a Christian who commits suicide goes to heaven or not. We do not know their hearts and true feelings. If the person who is suicidal lived a God-honoring life, but then let doubt overtake them and killed themselves, they didn’t stand on the Word of Yahweh (God) to the end. However, if they believed in God and were saved by grace through faith, they had salvation. (Ephesians 2:8)
God is the One who judges people’s lives and will determine where they will go after death. So while I wish I could say all Christians who commit suicide go to heaven, I cannot say that for sure because I don’t know if they believed God for their salvation and lived to honor Him.
I hope that this post has been an encouragement to you today. I hope and pray that you know suicide is NEVER the answer. God is so good and He made you with a beautiful purpose.
If you know someone who is suicidal, please send them this post or some encouragement.You can have a huge impact on them by being there for them and showing them how much they matter. Be the light, be the love. Shine Jesus to all whom you encounter, because you never know who might need it. 🙂
Side note: I have been planning this post for a month or more, and had it scheduled for this week. God’s timing is so perfect and mind-blowing, as there have been a couple publically-announced and well know suicides this past week. ❤
To read my post on Encouragement for Those who Struggle with Depression, click here.
To read my post on 3 Things to Remember When Someone Hurts You, click here.
To read my post on The Importance of Loving Others, click here.