Will God forgive one who committed suicide?

Author: BibleAsk Team


Suicide – Self Murder

Some have at one time thought of committing suicide because of some severe hardships they went through. But as life moves on, there appears new circumstances, new opportunities, and new openings to the previous closed doors. And those that once thought of suicide are no longer thinking of it.

For the Christian there is much greater hope for God is the One that holds all things by His Word (Colossians 1:17). He can open any door and all things are possible for Him (Luke 1:37). Our heavenly Father has all the resources, power and wisdom and He has made it all available for His children (Ephesians 3:20). With this knowledge, why would anyone want to exist life?

The Bible teaches that suicide is a major sin – “You shall not murder” (Ten Commandments- Exodus 20:13). Suicide is self-murder. God is One that gives life and the One that takes it away (Job 1:21). He is the only One that determines when a person should die (Psalm 31:15). Those that murder will not have eternal life (Revelation 22:15). Thus, suicide leads to losing not just this life but the life to come simply because a person can’t repent after his death.

The Scriptures record 6 individuals who committed suicide: Abimelech (Judges 9:54), Saul (1 Samuel 31:4), Saul’s armor-bearer (1 Samuel 31:4–6), Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:23), Zimri (1 Kings 16:18), and Judas (Matthew 27:5). These individuals lost hope in God and consequently, lost their eternal lives. How different their lives would have been had they kept their faith in God?

Eternity will be a life with no pain, suffering, sickness, poverty…or any trace for sin (1 Corinthians 2:9). Imagine living in such a perfect happy place forever! This truth helps the believer to endure the passing hardships of this life. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

Hope in God

Christians are not stranded alone here on this earth. The supreme expression of divine love is the Father’s gift of His own Son (John 3:16), through whom it becomes possible for them to be “called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

God promised to be with His children every moment to help, guide, lead, heal, and restore them. And He assured all that put their hope in Him, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). God doesn’t lie (Numbers 23:19; Psalm 89:5). He promised, “If anyone enters by me, he will be saved” (John 10:9).

Jesus was sent to earth to bless His children. He declared, “The LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair” (Isaiah 61:1-3).

Suicide is not the answer. God is. For those that are thinking of it, why not give the Lord a chance to bless your life today? Start a relationship with Him by reading the gospels to hear His voice and talking to Him through prayer and He assures that your life will never be the same. Please, pray this short prayer: Dear Lord, come into my heart and help me deal with my pain. Give me hope and strength to go on and take away my guilt. I commit my life to you. In Jesus Name. Amen.

If you are considering suicide, please seek help now (USA):

Call 1-800-273-8255, the national hotline.

National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988 

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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