Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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Hey Pastor John,
My wife and I are in need of prayer because of another family tragedy. One of my wife's sisters had a step-son, 30 years old, who killed himself. We need strength and comfort from the Lord for ourselves and for the family. Thank you.
It is understandable that the young man wanted to be out of this sinful, cruel world. It seems to me that anybody with good sense would prefer to live somewhere other than in a world that is filled with violence and immorality. But the young man was foolish not to go to God and ask for His help instead of ending his own life his own way.
It is sad when people become that miserable whatever the reason. I wish they would choose God's eternal life instead of choosing just to put an end to this miserable earthly life. There is a better way than suicide to bring an unhappy, sinful life to an end, and that is to ask Jesus for his life of peace and joy.
When God's people "die" to this life, it is a blessing. Paul happily announced to the Colossians, "You are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God." And he said of himself, "I die daily" (1Cor. 15:31), and, "I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me" (Gal. 2:20).
May God help us always to remember where our relief from this world comes from.