FAQ :: What does the Bible say about suicide?

The fact that God loves each person completely and individually is proven in Psalm 139:13, where it says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother”s womb.” He knows each one of us intimately and desires that each one of us spend eternity in His presence. His heart breaks over the pain we suffer in this life, but He promises us eternal life, free from all of life’s burdens, through Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” (Jn. 10:10). Satan wants us to believe that we have no hope. The only way he can affect the life of a believer is to inject doubt and fear into his mind. We are warned in 1 Peter 5:8: “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” If he can rob us of the blessed hope we have in Christ, then he is victorious in our lives.

In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” He knows that this life is difficult, so He wants to remove the burdens we carry. We may suffer for a little while, there may be great pain at times, but Jesus will carry us through the hard times. He promises, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Heb. 13:5b). Remember that, no matter how bleak a situation may appear, it is only temporary in the scope of eternity with Christ. Rest in that hope, that promise.

Please, if you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, seek the help of a pastor or Christian counselor. Do not try to carry this battle on your own. The devil is fighting hard for you; don’t give in to his lies. Find a good Christian counselor who can determine whether you may have a medical issue that is causing depression. Realize that whatever you are facing will pass. If you allow God to help you through it, you will be taking victory over Satan’s grasp on you. Don’t let him steal one more moment of the joy that God has set before you!