God of Life
God is a God of life.
It was God who breathed the breath of life into Adam at the creation of all things. (Genesis 2:7)
Jesus tells us, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10 NIV)
The Apostle Paul affirms, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
God is a God of life.
In many ways, our culture is enamored with death. Movies and video games are too often filled with killing and carnage. We mourn the loss of life in shootings like the recent school shootings and the killings that took place at the video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. Abortion has claimed the lives of more than 55 million unborn children in the US since it was legalized in 1976. (1)
But God is the God of life.
Suicide is the number 10 cause of death in the United States. About 45,000 suicides occur each year. That's 123 suicides per day. (2) And the sad fact is, some of those suicides are Christians who believe in Jesus Christ, the Giver of life.
When we become followers of Jesus, we do not cease being humans. We still have emotions and struggles. We still feel depression and sometimes despair. The apostle Paul even talks about despair: "We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself." (2 Corinthians 1:8 NIV)
Depression and despair are deep emotions. Sometimes they are triggered by chemical imbalance in our bodies and need medication. Sometimes the voice we hear in our heads that claims the only way to end the pain is death is the voice of the enemy of God, seeking to destroy us. Sometimes we know in our heads that God loves us, but we feel such emotional pain we just want to be rid of it.
Suicide is not God's answer to our emotional pain and despair. Jesus is. Receiving life is. Having hope for eternity is. The love of other believers in the Body of Christ is. Prayer is. Counseling is.
God is a God of life. In the face of death, we affirm God's life. And we who follow Jesus seek to bring life to others.
Love someone today. Affirm someone today. Bless someone today. We never know when an act of kindness and love is the one thing someone who is secretly suffering needs to turn from despair to hope and life.