God is love . . . Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear (1 John 4:16-18).
The numbers are stunning.
Every hour and forty-five minutes another young person commits suicide; suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college students and the third-leading cause of death among youth overall (ages 15-24); and teen/youth suicide rates have tripled since 1970.
What a terrible tragedy that so many young people would no longer consider life worth living!
But is it any wonder? In the past half century, God has been removed from our schools and, in fact, in many instances students are being taught that there is no God, that there is no absolute truth, that there is no absolute morality, and that they evolved from the chance collision of primordial sea slime molecules.
In other words, they are taught that life has no meaning and thus no value. It is no wonder that many young people do not value life, in the streets, in the womb, or even their own.
No doubt drugs and the despair reflected in many of today's songs, books and movies, many of which are demonic, add to the emotional climate that prompts such self-destruction.
But there is another possible factor. When a group of teens who made the "Who's Who in High Schools" was asked what their greatest fear was, 80 percent answered, "The fear of failure."
In our culture, worship of the true God has been replaced by many by the worship of other gods, including the god of gold -- achievement and success. Great pressure has been put upon our young people to succeed in the competitive world of acquiring wealth and status. Competition is not bad, but overemphasis or obsession with it produces anxiety and fear. Not "measuring up" is seen as complete failure. Self-esteem is damaged, sometimes destroyed. For such victims, life seems painful and void of meaning.
This is all because of fear, which is one of Satan's chief devices to "steal and kill and destroy," which are his purposes according to John 10:10.
Such sobering facts remind me of a statement recorded in God's Word: "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love" (1 John 4:18, NIV).
Perfect love is a Person. Who is it? It is our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Draw near to Him. Cast your care upon Him, because He cares for you. Receive His love and His peace today.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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