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Saul’s Suicide Addendum II

August 20, 2012 by Pito

 

If you are a Christian who thinks that our previous post opens the door for you to kill yourself, consider these things: 1) God is the Lord and Giver of Life. He also is the only one who has the authority to take your life, other than the civil authorities administering capital punishment. Taking your life is God’s prerogative, not yours. 2)  Suicide is not selfless, it is selfish. Love does no harm to others. A person contemplating suicide fails to see the hurt he would bring those who love him(her). Depression is not a justifiable reason for suicide. Having a burden and being a burden are quite different. You are never a burden to those who love you. Your loved ones want to help you carry your burden (Galatians 6:1).  Let them. 3) Trying to escape reality by killing yourself is cowardly and unbecoming a Christian. Trust God for your future. The Lord has made this promise to you in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I have toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. In Isaiah 26:3, we read, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”  Keep your mind on Him. 4)  In Proverbs God says, “All those who hate me love death.”  Christians, by definition, love God. Loving death puts you in a different group of people, evil people. In Hebrews 11, the roll call of faith, there is plenty of death, death by persecution, but there are no suicides. Those who are contemplating suicide are putting themselves in bad company, like Saul and Judas. This is not good. 5) Also in Hebrews 10 we read, “If we sin willfully, after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment… Read Hebrews 10:26-31.  These are certainly sobering thoughts. May the Spirit apply them as He wishes. 6) The Lord forbids you to kill yourself, but He commands you to kill your SELF. Romans 6:11, “Likewise, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Christians are to die daily. If you want to kill yourSELF, do it God’s way. Mortify the deeds of the flesh. Die to sin. This is pleasing to our Lord, who died for us.

If you are a Christian contemplating suicide, don’t do it. Seek help and the Lord will provide. Read Romans 8:31-39


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