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Recently, on Facebook, a girl has died after posting her suicidal intentions onto Facebook. Because she was known to have 'cried wolf' in the past, nobody took it seriously or bothered to answer her.
I have often pondered on the subject of suicide-if it is a cut&dried sin or whether our loving Father would make exceptions. Any human judges in court tend to consider the character and past behaviour of the offender before making the final decision of GUILTY or INNOCENT.
We know from the Bible that the Lord searches our hearts and sees things in a different way from us. Isn't it possible that He would have mercy on those who were depressed, desperate and 'not in their right minds' as we might say? Although who of anyone who deliberately takes their own life IS in their right mind? Perhaps God patiently looks at the reasons behind that final decision because that poor and lonely heart surely needed saving. Perhaps some folk were unaware of how near Gods help was, or were taught only by T.V and media of Jesus and Christianity. Perhaps their lack of hope to live on was not their fault, as it can be hard to find God when we have put ourselves in a dark place.
Judas Iscariot must have felt so unbearably desperate and beyond forgiveness to end his life and it shows just how remorseful he must have been.
But when we are in Christ Jesus, our faith might at times grow weak, but we need never reach the point of ending our lives.
Years ago, I attempted suicide several times-I was not close to God and had strayed for a long time and so I could see no hope. Often, when people take an overdose as a 'cry for help', they do not truely want to die, but to show others that they do feel that bad-
I think that I can conclude that, once again, JESUS is the key. We will all leave this earthly existance eventually and sooner or later so it is worth the experience and privellige to have made it this far! The fact that we have a purpose and our lives have meaning and all we do has reason and answers in Christ, changes everything-the entire perspective. Without Jesus in the picture, the view on life can be very small and limited.
I know that all our prayers will go out to the grieving family of the girl I mentioned and I hope she is now safe in God's care.
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