Suicide. It’s not a fun topic, but it needs to be talked about. We hear about it quite a bit, but rarely are we personally affected by it. And even if we don’t necessarily hear about it, that doesn’t mean it’s not present. Whether or not they have spoken about it, many people have struggled with suicide. What does the Bible say about suicide? Why would someone want to end their own life? There are so many questions surrounding the topic.
Life is a gift. That life is always in God’s hands, never our own. With all life can throw at us, it would be easy to take our life into our own hands! However, while suicide is an act meant to take away temporary pain, it does so in a permanent way. The Holy Spirit is inside everyone (1 Corinthians 3:16), yet everyone still feels low at times. Those are the times God invites us to call to Him. Those times we feel like nothing else will help–when we feel so low that it will never get better–when we are angry, sad, depressed, anxious, upset, or any unwell feeling, those are the times God invites us to call on Him.
“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” Psalm 32 is so comforting. I wish I could tell it to everyone who is hurting. It’s very true, too; the Lord is always there for us, when we are at our highest and when we are at our lowest. How can you be sure? The same Jesus, who went to the cross to show His great love and forgiveness for us, He rose to life to walk with you, daily, in your life. He IS with you. He loves to see us happy and never wants to see us cry out of sadness. But when we are sad, He does something about it, if anything by never leaving you. And though we don’t always want His help–imagine that!–He is still with us and strengthens us. When everything else seems to have fallen away, He strengthens through His Word, through Christian worship, and always through Jesus’ body and blood in communion. They’re His strength for you!
Life is a gift, a gift from God. Suicide takes that gift in a permanent way in an attempt to solve a temporary problem. At times the pain and trials may seem so bad that you can’t deal with anything at all. God doesn’t say, “Deal with it.” God Himself deals with it!
And there may be a time when God will use you to “deal with it” for a friend or family member. There are often warning signs of suicide. If you are worried about someone, be on the lookout: self-harm, isolation from others, deep depression, and many others. Self-harm is a very dangerous act, sometimes even called a gateway to suicide because it can become an addiction. Don’t ignore these signs. If you see them, act, out of love. Act with the assurance God gives in 1 Corinthians 10:13, No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. What powerful and encouraging words!
Life is a gift. Suicide isn’t the answer. God’s promises are the answer. Whether it’s your own struggle, or as you walk with someone else through their struggle, rest on these promises of Christ our Savior. Life, it’s a gift!
Psalm 147:3– He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9–We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
1 Peter 5:6-7– Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
2 Corinthians 4:6–For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
Acts 18:9–One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.
Editor’s Note: Suicide is a serious topic, and one that need to be addressed right away when it comes up. While we know that God can overcome every obstacle, it is also important to realize that this is often accomplished through the help of trained professionals. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact a trusted adult right away! Check out these resources for more information!