Recently a young man in our church youth group committed suicide, despite the best efforts of the youth group leaders and the teenagers who loved him. He gave up on life when his home life became unbearable; his father having already committed suicide and his mother a drug addict. In hopes that this post will be seen by someone who is considering this solution to their overwhelming difficulties, I am going to share with you what I never shared with this young man.
About 14 years ago, I was caught up in sin. The nature of the sin isn’t really relevant to the discussion. I was breaking one of the Ten Commandments, and as a born-again Christian, I was swimming in guilt, and fear of being found out. I found I could not escape my sin nor my guilt, and suicide seemed like the only answer. I considered several methods, and one night I decided upon which method I would use.
The next day at work, I was sitting in my cubicle, and felt compelled to pull out the small Bible that I kept in a desk drawer. I opened it, and it fell open to 1 Corinthians, chapter 6. Immediately my eyes fell upon verses 19 and 20:
‘Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body’.
There was not the slightest doubt in my mind that this was God speaking to me about my plan. And it was the last time I have ever considered suicide as the way out of my problems, and it was the point at which I broke free of the sin that had me in its grip.