On Depression and Suicide

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/anthony-bourdain-and-reckoning-with-depression/

Be sure to read the whole article.  If you are depressed and have suicidal thoughts, get help please. Tell your pastor, tell a friend, get counseling, see the information at the bottom of the article.

The illustration of the people that jump from a burning building is a good illustration of what suicides go through in their minds.  Mental illness is real. Depression is real.  As a friend of mine said, “A drowning man will grab onto razor blades.”

“He who was so deeply acquainted with grief

[the man of sorrows, the God-man, Jesus Christ, who existed in eternity past and became human for our salvation – John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8; John 17:5; Isaiah 53],

who knows better than anyone how tragic the world truly is, does not turn away when the darkness descends on our minds and hearts.”

“He does not turn away” in those times of weakness.  That is a wonderful word.

Praise God for His mercy on His people who are true believers.  See here as an example of a true believer in Christ who committed suicide.  (Dr. Michael Horton’s friend)

There are other examples that John Piper and others have in articles/ sermons on at desiring God.  

(see especially the last 3 sermons of funeral’s for Christians who committed suicide)

This is especially good in one of John Piper’s funeral sermons for a suicide:

But very briefly let me put a biblical stake in the ground and then fasten to it a banner of hope.

The stake is this: True Christians can commit suicide. Or to put it another way: There is nothing unique or peculiar about the final act of life that makes it determinative in validating or nullifying our salvation. Or let me say it another way: The final season of faith with all its battles and failures is not the only season of faith that will bear witness in the Last Day that we were born again.

For example, suppose tonight, in my physical weariness, the remaining corruption in my born-again, Christian heart were to get the upper hand, and pride and self-pity and anger were to lash out verbally at my wife. And then suppose that in a great self-justifying huff, I stormed out of the door, got in the car, bolted carelessly through the stop sign on 18th Avenue and was broadsided by a truck and killed in an instant? Would I go to heaven?

Unless I have been a hypocrite through all these last fifty-five years of my Christian life, the answer is yes. For these reasons: 1) Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for my sins and bore the wrath of God in my place so that all my sins might be forgiven. 2) Jesus Christ lived a perfect life of obedience so that by his obedience many sinners could be counted righteous, including me. 3) This sacrifice and this righteousness become mine by faith alone when I trust Jesus as the Lord and Savior and Treasure of my life. 4) This trust is embattled till the day I die, with seasons of strength and seasons of weakness, seasons of darkness and seasons of light. 5) If the last season is so dark that I die by my own sin, that season is not the only season that God takes into account when he presents the evidence that my faith was real.

Romans 8:28-39 – Nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 10:27 – No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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