By Karen O’Connor:
One man discovered that hearing and applying scripture to his life helped him overcome thoughts of suicide.
During a class on faith building at church this week I heard an inspiring story about a man who had been so despondent about his situation that he planned to take his life. But he decided to go to church one more time before committing suicide.
That Sunday he heard a sermon on how much God loves his people—regardless of who they are and what they’ve done.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 the Bible.)
The man postponed his suicide for another week. He returned to church and heard a sermon on fear and faith.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 the Bible).
Week after week he reconsidered his decision to end his life, returning to church and always hearing just what he needed in order to hang on a little longer.
(Jesus speaking:) “For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you (Matthew 17:20 the Bible).
“For we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7 the Bible).
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5 the Bible).
After one Sunday service the man approached the pastor and told him of his plan to commit suicide but that after listening to some of the pastor’s sermons he put his plan on hold.
“It’s been two years since my first thought to end my life,” the man admitted. “I now feel so loved that all thoughts of suicide have vanished.”
And for further encouragement take a look at this inspiring music on YouTube:
“More Than Sunlight” – Mustard Seed Faith