Suicide Epidemic!

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steak and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

I have been saddened by recent news of several people committing suicide or attempting suicide in the last 3 weeks. Suicide is a major issue in our society and after doing some research, I discovered that Australia is currently ranked No.5 in the world for suicide overall, with Sweden ranking No.1. Once upon a time we were No.1 in suicide amongst young males.

It costs Australia over 17 billion dollars each year to carry the accumulated impact of suicide and yet only 91 cents is spent per suicide victim on suicide prevention (Chaplaincy Australia). Something has to change. Under the oversight of Ps Mark Bateman, Chaplaincy Australia, is contributing significantly to combat this epidemic all over Australia. Mark is always sharing stories of briefing football teams, fire-devastated communities and running prevention programs for various areas of industry. This is a much needed ministry and Ps Mark is at the front of the battle lines doing a fantastic job. Organisation’s like Chaplaincy Australia need your support.

Behind the physical act of suicide there is a deeper spiritual battle raging in people’s souls. There are also issues of self-worth, depression, despair and hopelessness brooding in people’s minds and hearts. The bible says that the devil is the author of destruction in our lives. While our own sinfulness, apart from Christ, leaves marks of brokenness and destruction, Satan prowls around like a roaring lion seeking to attack these broken and weakened areas of our humanity. It is in these moments that lies and destructive thoughts can can cause us to question the value of our own existence on earth and it is in this state, we are most vulnerable to suicide.

I personally know what it’s like to hate yourself and feel totally hopeless about continuing on with life as I’ve known it. I’m sure that there would be many others reading this who would admit to sharing some of the same struggles. But the point is God has a better way to approach life.

Jesus way of life is found in repentance from sin, believing in Jesus Christ and living by faith in his love and grace. Jesus Christ gets a raw deal in this day and age and yet, as the Son of God, he only ever set out to bring fulness and abundance of life to us through the cross. 

Left to our own devices, life is hopeless and dark (Read Ecclesiastes) but God promises to never leave us or forsake us. He will be with us even to the end of the age. We do not need to battle sin and the devil on our own, we have Jesus Christ as our saviour, strength and hope. Your perspectives change when Jesus Christ enters your world. How you think about yourself and others becomes better in light of knowing you’ve been made in the image of God with eternal value and worth.

I want to encourage you to look out for your family and friends and people on the fringe. Every person is precious and priceless in God’s eyes. You may not realise the incredible battle that someone is in right now with suicide. Don’t wait till it’s too late. Invest time and energy in building healthy and transparent relationships with people around you. Pray for them. Live life centered on the truth of God’s Word and not on the lies of the enemy. Pray against this epidemic in our nation and become an ambassador of hope to your generation.

Lead the Change!

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