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In Touch - May 27, 2005

In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Friday May 27, 2005

Suicide: Is It an Unpardonable Sin?

Psalm 13; Psalm 18: 28


Whether or not you have ever contemplated suicide, you probably know someone who has considered it. People in such despair may believe they are unloved and life has no purpose; or perhaps they want to escape a painful situation that seems hopeless.


We often don't realize that individuals around us—even Christians—are struggling with such feelings. Ask God to make your spirit sensitive to needs around you. If a person says, "Sometimes I feel life isn't worth living," recognize this may be a cry for help. You might be the only person they feel free to approach. Listen to them and love them—genuine love is the greatest cure in the world.


Many wonder if God would forgive suicide. Jesus took on all our sin at the Cross, and His grace covers our worst sins, even in death. But that is a terrible excuse to check out of life—suicide is still rebellion against God’s will. The Lord has created each of us for a great purpose, and we were ransomed at great price! (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).


God never turns away anyone who cries out to Him. (John 6:37) He’ll rescue you if you'll let Him! When you submit to Him, He'll take you from that pit of destruction and give you security, no matter how far down you are or how strong the quicksand feels. (Psalm 40:2) He is our refuge and strength, “a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). Not a past help, not a future help; a present help. His awesome power and love can radically transform your life.


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