The Truth About Suicide

January 16, 2009

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own…” – 1 Corinthians 6:19

Perhaps no issue is more painful and complex than suicide. We cannot understand the despair felt by people contemplating their own murder. And most of us cannot begin to measure the horrors faced by families left behind.

First, a word for the family left behind. You may be struggling with the fear that your loved one has committed the unforgivable sin and is not in heaven. Let me make this absolutely clear: Christ forgives all sin. While suicide is clearly outside the will of God, it is a sin that Christ paid the penalty for on the cross. If your loved one trusted Christ as Lord and Savior, be assured he or she is in heaven right now.

And if you are thinking about suicide, recognize that these thoughts come directly from the devil. Here is the lie he is putting in your head: If I’m gone, I’ll no longer be a problem for my family. They won’t have to worry about me and I won’t have to hurt anymore.” This is a wretched lie, because the fact is, your family will suffer with this forever. It will haunt them, devastate them; possibly even destroy them. That’s why suicide is such a selfish sin.

If Satan is putting these thoughts in your head, please tell a friend or seek help from a pastor or a Christian counselor. God has great plans for your life. Don’t let the devil convince you to destroy what God has created for a purpose. Tell him to, “Go back to your home in hell. Jesus has great and meaningful plans for me and I’m going to trust Him.”