4 TRUTHS FOR CHRISTIANS WHO MAY BE STRUGGLING WITH SUICIDE by Silverio Gonzalez for Core Christianity
I know it’s really hard to do when you’re in complete despair about how things are going now. But don’t manage your expectations based on what circumstances you’re going through right now, but rather on the promise of what will happen when Jesus returns. Set your hope on that.—Michael Horton
1.You are valuable to God.
In chapter two of the book of Genesis, God reveals that he made Adam and Eve—the first human couple—in his very own image and had given them holy work to do in his royal garden, the Garden of Eden. The dignity and worth of their work and personhood would have been obvious to the Israelites hearing the story from Moses. Having suffered enslavement in Egypt they would have experienced the dehumanizing effects of their toil. If you read the early chapters of Exodus, the point of their work was to break them as a people. The story of Adam and Eve would have come as a surprise that affirmed their dignity and reclaimed work as good and purposeful.
2. You have a great hope in Jesus Christ.
In 1 Peter 1:13, the apostle tells the church to set their hope on the grace that they will receive at the revelation of Jesus Christ. God has promised to resurrect his people and restore the world (see 1 Corinthians 15 and Romans 8). A person struggling with suicide can be in a place of such despair that he or she may only see the suffering, pain, and agony of the world. This is not the whole story. The pain is real, but the future is secured because of the work of Jesus Christ.