Hi family, happy new month. It’s been a while we had a forum discussion, so thought of sharing one that has been on my mind.
Here is it: As Christians, depression could come our way, such as in the case of David (Psalms 42:5; 43:2) and Prophet Jeremiah (Jer. 20:14 & 18). However, should it lead to the point of suicide? I mean how possible is it for a Christian – redeemed, sanctified and spirit-filled Christian to be depressed to the point of committing suicide.
Please feel free to share your thoughts, experiences, solutions and bible verses where possible.
*This is in no way casting a myopic view on the tough challenges people go through that leads to depression but focusing on its potency to drive a Christian to the point of suicide.
Thanks Iwa for sharing. Many people I recently heard that committed suicide had professed faith in God. Is “faith” in God sufficient when tough times really hit for prolonged time? Please keep it coming.
I wish I can put this point into an audio message for clearity purpose… Beloved… DEPRESSION HAS SOME SPIRITUAL ROOT… ( 2 Timothy 1:7)
There is what is called the spirit of fear, in like manner there is the spirit of depression that leads a man to commit succide so that he can take express highway to hell.
Thanks so much @matthew for raising this question. I will like to respond to this question from my own personal experience. I am fully convinced without a doubt that I am a child of God, born-again, tongue-talking, firebrand and led by the Spirit of God –to the glory of God but do I have momentary sessions in my life where I am sad, not happy, moody, just want to do nothing and stay by the TV and just take ice cream–Yes I do and what do I do in those times where I feel down–I listen to messages and get encouraged and motivated to get up. Look into the scripture to see what the word of God says about my current situation and I gain back strength in my core via renewal of my mind by meditating on the scripture.
Sometimes if my reason for sadness is due to the negative thoughts that slip into my mind and for one reason or the other I allow it to grow and then I found myself pondering on it to the point that it is affecting my mood, then in this case I sing and speak in tongues because I know the enemy is playing with my mind and I need to get out of the trap that I have already fall into and I always escape. Thank you Jesus.
You know what most of us work in a very challenging and highly demanding field and we have to face insecurities and doubts of different kinds every day, the only thing that has been helping me thus far is my prayer altar. Many things are settled when I approach His presence, pour out my heart, and cast my cares on him. He has come through for me several times from being a rejected stone to a chief cornerstone and He carries my cares and gives me stability, stamina, and strength in the midst of it all. I have found myself in situations that break many and stop tem from moving forward but with God, on my side, I came out without a scratch on me and my spirit remains unbroken.
So, family, you are not alone and I have not seen a born-again Christian that do not feel momentary sad but our response is what matters and it determines whether we remain down or we stand up. Haven’t said that please if you are having a suicidal thought, please do not keep quite, talk to a Christian counselor and spiritual mentor or pastors and confess the word of God daily and listen to the word of God. It is well with you family.