I usually get messages late at night about work, inquiries about stuff or some young people at church. I often read them early the next morning if I’m too tired the night before.
But last night was different.
I got a message from someone I know who has been struggling about depression for so long. The last chat I had with the person ended well a few months ago, assuring her that the momentary trouble we all experience will lead to something better.
The sad thing is, like any other challenges, it recurs from time to time. Although our chat through Instagram ended with me sharing a video about a testimony from someone sharing about her battle against depression and the spirit of suicide, I often wonder why someone would want to end their life as easy as 1,2,3…
If you are having the same dillemma right now, here are some stuff to think about.
1.) We have been paid with an extravagant price.
Hebrews 9:22 “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
We all have our struggles, failures and stubbornness towards what is right but this does not diminish the reality that Christ died for our sins and made himself the ransom from our stubborn self will.
Galatians 3:13-14 “Christ paid the price to free us from the curse that the laws in Moses’ Teachings bring by becoming cursed instead of us. Scripture says, “Everyone who is hung on a tree is cursed.” Christ paid the price so that the blessing promised to Abraham would come to all the people of the world through Jesus Christ and we would receive the promised Spirit through faith.”
Life is precious and if we deny the existence of what Christ did, specially as a believer, we deny ourselves with the assurance of the eternal gift of living in His presence forever.
You have been given the gift of life, don’t ruin it just because life seems to be unfair or not as what you’ve wanted it to be!
2.) Our troubles does not outweigh the grace that is ever present in our situation.
2 Corinthians 4:17 “We have small troubles for a while now, but they are helping us gain an eternal glory that is much greater than the troubles.”
We always hear the quote our God is bigger than our problems and even as we want to believe it as a cliche, He is.
We have not experienced the agony of sin and death like Jesus did for us! No matter how deep the pit is, he can pull us out of it because of His love for us.
He will provide for all our needs. He will keep his promises. We just have to learn to wait for His perfect timing.
Sometimes we feel that we have experienced the worst of the things man can experience but God’s grace is not just the unmerited favor available but also the power to pursue.
We have this grace in us that allows us to fight the battle head on and win.
Romans 8:37 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
3. Death is not the answer or the end of our problems.
Will death be the end of our troubles?
I don’t believe it will be. In the very words of Hebrew, we are to die once and then judgment will come to all of us.
Hebrews 9:27 “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment”
Not only do we need to understand these things in the light of the scriptures but to our own present situations as well.
If we believe that it is wrong to kill someone, how much more to kill ourselves!
In the story of creation itself shares that God has made us in His own image, in the likeness and nature of who he is. We are precious in the sight of our heavenly father and because we are His.
We should not dare to hurt ourselves because of the trouble we face. Keep in mind Paul’s advice to the Roman believers about persecution and hardships.
He reminded them to press on, to continue, to remind themselves of God’s love for us.
Romans 8:35,37-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I hope that whatever I shared in this blog post enlightens anyone who is thinking of ending his life for some reason, any reason at all. And just one final promise I will leave you with.
The assurance that something better is in store, you just have to hang in there.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
We have a future and even when things fall apart today, His love for us will not let us go to the pit without Christ fighting for us.
If you still don’t believe me, send me a message or a comment and I’ll prove it all the more that you have not gone the worst in life not to experience the best of times with Christ!