bite the bullet

December 29, 2016

I felt that it was important to post this devotion about suicide again, I wrote it for counselors, yet it is for any one that struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. Tonight I write again for myself, the holidays are always murder on me and I thought this year I had slipped through them, but late today and into the evening I am being hounded with these very thoughts. Part of the reason is I have been struggling with long some term illness and chronic pain, part of it is I tried to go through the day without all my medication and that was a big mistake. I know tomorrow the sun will shine and I’ll probably feel better. There are to many people that love me to keep me from the actuality, but the effort it takes is monumental. God bless and lift up someone today, call that person you’ve been meaning to call.

The desire or decision to kill oneself is in most cases the result is in most cases the result of a state of acute depression. It may be brought on by health problems, pain, or the inability to handle frustration. Irresponsible behavior may produce the strong desire to destroy oneself or to leave the world. Demon influences may be involved, as may cultic teaching that results in brainwashed behavior.

Our hopes in God and our strength is in him (Ps. 42:11). There are times when God seems far away and our prayers go unanswered, but the Bible teaches that God brings deliverance, healing, and eternal hope. Despair seems to be inevitable in every human life, but it need not persist, for we are assured that God loves us and gives our life meaning and purpose.

A suicidal person feels he has exhausted all his options. Life has no meaning, no purpose, no future, so why continue to endure its extreme unhappiness, anguish, hopelessness and despair? The obsession that nothing will ever change for the better leaves him feeling helpless, with the conviction that death is the only way out.

Such a person is a victim of depression, tortured with feelings of unworthiness, sin and failure, deep guilt, and the need to be punished. Many things condition this person for the depressed state that can lead to suicide or its attempt: anger, envy, jealousy, fear, guilt, self-pity, sexual deviation, drugs, alcohol, etc. It should be obvious to the counselor, then, that root causes leading to such a crisis are likely to be deep and possibly of long duration. Many of these do, in fact, reflect back to childhood and therefore point to the need for prolonged professional counseling with a Christian psychologist or psychiatrist.

In this situation we feel that although not all the problems involved are spiritual, the ultimate problem in life is separation from God, solved only through a personal relationship to Jesus Christ. Without this relationship to Christ, there can be no real solutions or healing. As a person experiences all that is involved in the “new life in Christ” (cf., 2 Corinthians 5:17) – forgiveness, freedom from guilt and fear, a sense of fulfillment and well-being, new orientations and motivations to live, etc. – forces for radical change are set in motion. This is where the counselor can be of real service: guiding the inquirer into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Some persons threaten suicide in order to get attention and sympathy. They want someone to listen to their hurts and frustrations. Others are beyond this point and seriously have self-destruction in mind.

It is only natural if you feel inadequate when confronted with this kind of challenge; however, you should attempt to help, remembering that our resources come from the Lord. He will be reaching out in love and power through you. Be motivated by the promises of Scripture that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26, KJV), and “if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God. . .and it will be given to him” (James 1:5, NIV).

Christians are not immune to suicidal thoughts or attempts. Unresolved or unconfessed sin, or a crisis situation such as a deep disappointment, the death of a loved one, a divorce, loss of employment, loss of health, a nervous breakdown, etc., can precipitate depression severe enough to lead to such and attempt.

  1. Remind the Christian that God always loves and cares.”. . .for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5, KJV).

  2. Remind him also that we are God’s children. (Quote John 1:12.)

  3. Tell him that God still forgives. Share “Restoration.” Emphasize Proverbs 28:13 and 1 John 1:9. Confession results in forgiveness and restoration fellowship.

  4. Suggest that he look only to the Lord and not at the problems and circumstances around him. (See Matthew 14:27-32 and Proverbs 3:5, 6.)

  5. Suggest that it is important to get into God’s Word: hear, read and study, meditate, and memorize.

  6. Suggest that prayer is a valuable resource and forms and essential part of a Christian’s life. (See 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and Philippians 4:6,7.)

  7. Remind him that identity with a Bible-teaching church is an important factor in recovering emotional stability. Such identity permits fellowship with caring people who worship and work together.

  8. Pray with the person that God will come to him with new meaning, filling him with hope and renewed trust.

Remember the sun does come up tomorrow, you don’t have to be alone, walk into an all night diner, police station, fire station, but reach out. If you have planned you suicide get rid of the object that is going to be used, the gun, the knife, the poison, the car.

It’s important during the holidays to not be alone.

Remember if you have been talking to someone that has been depressed and suicidal and suddenly they are euphoric, that is the most critical moment to intervene.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

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