If you think suicide is your only option, I’d like to offer you hope and a reason to stay.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Even if you’ve never asked God to come into your life, He is still there, right beside you. He created you and He loves you and He wants to help you.
I John 4:10
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
God loves every person He ever created and He sent Jesus to bring His love down to where we are, ready to flood into us the moment we ask.
You are not alone. If you haven’t accepted God yet, He’s right there beside you, loving you. All you have to do is accept that Jesus is God and that He died for your sins, and He will fill you with Himself.
If you’ve already accepted Jesus into your heart, you most certainly aren’t alone. He’s not only right beside you; He’s in you.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
He holds us through our struggles.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
His compassion never fails and His faithfulness is great. He is able to keep us from being consumed by suicidal thoughts.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
God is not a fair-weather friend. He sticks with us no matter how hard things get. He has His arms around us, shielding us from the worst the world can throw at us.
And because of that, we can relax enough to breathe and rest, because we know He won’t let us go.
He holds us through the darkness.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
Pain and suffering come at us in the form of darkness, and we can’t see any hope of rescue or survival. Darkness is designed to make giving up the easiest choice.
But we don’t have to fear the darkness because He is with us. Even if we can’t see Him, we can know He is guiding us like a shepherd guiding sheep, gently nudging us in the right direction.
The rod is the stick used to ward off other animals. The staff is what the shepherd leans on; it can be trusted. God will fight off anyone or anything that tries to attack while we’re defenseless in the dark. And He can be trusted.
But He doesn’t just protect us in the dark. He gives us His light. He shows us that the monsters are sometimes just shadows and wind. And those that really are monsters, are shown to be very small when compared to Him.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
He holds us through our sickness.
Sometimes, suicidal thoughts result from traumatic circumstances. We can trace the reason for the despair to something that happened.
But sometimes, suicidal thoughts come out of nowhere with no cause. In those cases, they’re biological symptoms of mental illness.
How do I fight despair when it doesn’t make sense? Where can I find help when no one else thinks anything is wrong?
For he has not despised or scorned
the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
but has listened to his cry for help.
God believes me. He knows the battle I’m fighting in my mind and He doesn’t think it’s silly. He understands what doesn’t make sense and He’s there beside me to walk me through the chaos.
When I was suicidal, it took all my energy just to convince myself to stay alive. Through it all, God was with me, holding me when I was too weak to fight anymore and giving me strength to keep going when I didn’t think I could.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
God became the strength of my heart. And He can become the strength of your heart as well. If you lean on His Word and His truth, His strength will hold you as long as you need to be held.
How has God’s Word given you hope when you thought there was none?
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