How do we respond to suicide?

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Those of us who are dealing with thoughts of suicide or a loss aren’t always sure how to respond.

That’s okay.

Dr. Linda Mintle gives some insight into a Christian response to such tragedy.

“This is a topic the church has a hard time talking about but suicide and depression are very common in our culture.”

Dr. Linda suggests steps for those who are struggling with suicide around them or suicidal thoughts.

1. Release the anger or the guilt. Understand that we aren’t bound by guilt and shame. God does not want us to walk in guilt and shame. He wants to set you free.

2. Recognize that the thought of suicide is not sin. It is a demonic or satanic temptation. Yes, Satan comes to destroy, but God can deliver us if we turn to him in those moments. Such thoughts are a temptation, not any fault of yours.

3. Resist the devil. Resist tempting thoughts. We should daily renew our minds with the truths of God’s Word. Know the warning signs of depression.
Surround ourselves with other people in the faith. We need to make sure we are surrounding ourselves with a community that can lift us up.

If you are feeling depression and thoughts of suicide, know that it will pass and there is help. Please seek help from others and professionals. Many organizations have resources for the residents of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin or anywhere in the nation.

You are not alone.

How do we respond to suicide?

This conversation is based on Dr. Linda’s blog post A Christian Response to Suicide.

5 Responses to "How do we respond to suicide?"

  • Jim says:

    I am a Christian, I have accepted the Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was a boy. I’m self employed with wife and 4 boys… couple of grand kids. I have experienced 2-3 deep depressions since ’05. First I lost my dad, my mother in law, my uncle and wifes uncle from 4-05 to 1-08…I also had sudden loss of hearing in one ear. I went to the dr and got meds. Couple of years later we had sewer back up, followed up by flooded basement and sewer back up again… two weeks later had a tornado rip through our property… my sons wedding was around the corner and I had to finish my home due to family spending time with us. At the close of that year, someone did not pay me for a job completed. Again, I had a breakdown… saw the dr.
    Now, 8-13, I completed a job for a lawyer to build a detached room off his porch. We never pulled a permit. We both new it. He has a fight with a neighbor and “boom” he’s calling for help. I offered to help after 10 years 10 months later. He does not want to pay me for my time and efforts… I know that he is thinking of taking action against me. I have a lawyer that talked to him and agreed that there is not much to be done… I am already depressed. I saw my Dr. for checkup 2-3 weeks ago and she gave me pills… I can’t afford the pills due to expired insurance card… the pressure will be greater than when i lost my loved ones.
    Please pray that this passes and that the lawyer can get this straightened out with the village. I can not take another problem.
    I use to feel that I was a strong man, now I feel like a new born baby boy… helpless.
    I am reading about suicide and I’m in tears… I know that the Lord is watching over me, but I can’t take the pressuer of the unknown. I know that there is no sin that the Lord will not forgive, even suicide… I don’t know which direction to go.
    I would appreciate it if you could broadcast this as a huge prayer request to let this go smoothly for the lawyer and let this pass from me.
    I don’t fight, I like to build… I try and let my Christianity be known to homeowners and my workers… I am more worried about the future on earth than I am my future in Heaven.
    I’m sorry this is so long…
    please pray for me, please ask your circle of friends to pray for me as well.
    Jim
    If there is a possibility of some communication, I would appreciate it.

  • Sara says:

    Jim,

    Everyone here at Faith Radio is praying for you. If you’d like, you can post your prayer request on our PrayerWorks! site so more people can pray for you too! http://onlineprayerworks.com/faith
    Jeremiah 29:11 comes to mind, as I pray for you now. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
    May God keep you strong, courageous, and supported by family and friends who love and care for you deeply!

    Bless you, Jim!

    1. Jim says:

      Thanks again for your prayers. At times, I feel all alone and that hurts. Yet, I’m surrounded by my family, prayer partners and The Lord.
      Please keep praying that the original problem that I wrote about gets resolved as if there was never an issue. Im asking that The Lord will intervene for me.
      Thanks
      Jim

  • Jim says:

    Sara
    Wow, I just noticed you prayed for me. Thanks a million. I’m an evangelical Christian. I’ve accepted Christ in my heart 50 years ago. However I’m in a deep depression. I’ve had some emails from other prayer partners and tried to reply and the mail bounced back. Sara, that you for praying for me.
    I’m not out of the woods with my problems. I’m batteling some problems. I have this situation with a lawyer that I worked for that needs to be corrected.
    Please pray that The Lord will intervene for me and get this resolved as of nothing ever happened.
    Thanks Sara and please let’s stay in touch.
    Jim King

  • Jim says:

    Sara
    I would like to have other praying for me. Could you help me with that suggestion you had about posting on prayer online? I’m not sure how to do that.
    I saw dr yesterday. I’m hurting inside. I have couple of pills to take.
    Yesterday I had a long talk with my wife. I told her how I’m shaking inside.
    I’m afraid of this lawyer and his power. I know his power is nothing compared to The Lord. The King of Kings. However, men can be ruined by other men.
    I am home today. My wife is working tonight. I know the only power i have is to pray that The Lord intervenes for me. I’m praying that the village lets this pass as if nothing ever happened.
    Thanks Sara. I appreciate that you prayed for me
    Jim

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