From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Biblical Comfort In Time of Suicide

As I prepare for Rob Hawkins’ family service tomorrow, I found much help and comfort in a sermon by a man I respect and trust: John Piper. One of his sermons relating to suicide can be found here. To summarize, Piper lists these five Biblical comforts in time of suicide. May they comfort and strengthen you with His word stronger than death.

1. Saints sometimes feel so bad that they want to die. Moses did (Nu. 11:14-15); Elijah did (1 Kings 19:4); Jonah did (Jonah 4:8).

2. It is sin to fulfill that desire by taking your own life. First, it is disobedience to the command “Thou shalt not murder” (Ex. 20:13); second it is presumption on God’s sovereign prerogative to give and take life; third it is failure to trust God for the help needed (Ro. 14:23).

3. The only way sin can be forgiven is in our relationship to Jesus Christ by faith, NOT GOOD WORKS. The thief on the cross (Lu. 23:42-43) shows us that even a lifetime of sin can be redeemed in a single moment of faith.

4. Saving faith can be so weak that the heart gives way to grievous sin. But a temporary fall does not obliterate our saving relationship with Christ. (1 John 1:8). Our salvation lies not in our faithfulness, but in Jesus’ faithfulness. Christ, not our good life, is our righteousness (Phil. 3:9)

5. Therefore let this death not be in vain: let it make us utterly committed to overcome the Enemy that brought our friend to the grave.

To this I would add one further point that has also comforted me. When Jesus forgives our sin, he does not pick and choose which ones he forgives. He forgives them all: past, present and future. The only unforgiveable sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28-29).

At this point, I admit that I’m still in shock over this loss; that I’m groping for understanding and comfort; that I realize my helplessness in the face of this evil. I’ll ask you to pray for me and Rob’s family, and for the only comfort that counts, the comfort of Christ, to be theirs.

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3 responses

  1. Debbie Maurer

    Dear God:

    Please forgive us all for our judgement of a true friend. May you rest in peace Rob.

    Amen.

    May 5, 2009 at 9:38 pm

  2. Joey Kern

    Like Dr. Hawkins always say in the morning announcements:

    Make it a great day…or not. The choice is yours
    -Dr. Rob Hawkins

    This is one thing that the students of Freeburg District No. 70 will remember Dr. Hawkins by.

    Rest In Peace

    May 8, 2009 at 10:40 pm

  3. Thanks, Joey. You’ll never forget him, I’m sure of that. He’s part of your life from here on.

    May 9, 2009 at 7:04 am

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