On Depression and Suicide


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.

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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