By Jerome Baker
Recently it was reported that comedian/actor Robin Williams killed himself. Williams played in notable family movies such as Flubber, Jack, Toys, and Night At The Museum. Unfortunately, Williams is not the first person to take his life. Throughout this year I have heard stories of different celebrities, pastors, and young people choosing to take their life because of what they were dealing with in life. I believe that suicide is not the answer. Everyone has struggles, problems, disappointments, failures, pain in life. But thanks be to God there is a solution, Jesus. Amazingly, Jesus name means salvation. There is no problem to big for Jesus, He can deliver, protect, and prosper you if you call on His name (Romans 10:13).
The thing about suicide is that you may never know who is contemplating to resolve there issues with death. It could be a star athlete at school, a close friend, a young relative that has their back against the wall, or someone you think does not have a care in the world. With that said, here are three quick reasons I believe suicide is not the answer. Be encouraged.
There is always hope.
No matter how bad things may seem, as long as we are alive I believe there is always hope. Things can get better. Even if a young person is considering suicide because of bad choices or mistakes, God forgives. Even if a young person has been abused or mistreated, Jesus heals. There is always hope in Jesus Christ. Jeremiah 31:17 says, “There is hope in your future says the Lord…”
Someone can help.
I believe God can help anyone. Psalms 46:1 boldly says, “God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.” And again, Romans 10:13 says, “whosoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But, I also believe God can use a person to offer a helping hand. Sometimes no one knows what you are facing until you speak up. Talk to a mature and trustworthy person. God Himself will help you but He also puts strong people around us to help bear our weakness.
Suicide is harmful.
In Acts 16:28, a man was about to kill himself because of what happen on his job and The Apostle Paul said with a loud voice, “do yourself no harm.” I believe Paul understood that if he killed himself what he was about to experience in Hell would be more harmful than what he was experiencing physically on earth. Always remember God has an appointment for when we are to die. Don’t harm yourself eternally for a temporary problem that can be changed over time. Furthermore, think of the mental and physical strain that is left on your family members, friends, and other loved ones.
There is so much to live for, better days are ahead.
© Copyright 2014 Jerome A. Baker All rights reserved. Jerome Baker has served in youth ministry for 17 years and is the youth pastor at his local church in Carrollton Georgia. Jerome is also the author of two books, “Success Killers” and “Watch Who Hang With”. Like his FaceBook page at http://www.facebook.com/jabmin
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