Attempting suicide or actually committing suicide, taking one’s own life, is usually the result of unbearable emotional, mental, or physical pain. A broken heart is often the starting point for suicidal thoughts. The person who attempts or commits suicide has lost hope that the pain will stop any other way. The enemy of our souls, the devil, adds to that hopelessness by agreeing with the person that suicide is the answer. A demonic spirit of suicide is assigned and attached to the pain, and the combination can be deadly.
Paul wrote about “despairing even of life” in the Bible in 2 Corinthians 1:8. As reported in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28, Paul had gone through unimaginable trials, including beatings with rods, whippings with thirty-nine lashes five times, perils everywhere he went, surviving a ship wreck, sleeplessness, hunger and thirst, being stoned, and being thrown into prison. He endured those things without losing hope, yet something caused him to lose hope at one point. However, he did not commit suicide, but trusted in God to deliver him. The prayers of others brought him through his season of hopelessness.
The incidence of suicide is at an epidemic level in the U.S. It is not limited to any age, gender, or ethnic group, although it is higher in some areas. Veterans alone have been taking their own lives at the rate of 22 per day. More people die, at least 100 per day, as a result of suicide than car accidents in this country. That is over 36,500 deaths due to suicide in the U.S. per year! In addition, approximately 600,000 Americans attempt suicide every year and end up in emergency rooms.
According to the New Mexico Suicide Prevention website, New Mexico is 3rd in the nation for suicides! Over one per day occurs in New Mexico, approximately 420 per year. That is more than deaths resulting from breast cancer or people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Valencia County, New Mexico, where we live, has a very high rate of suicide. It also has the highest rate of drug and alcohol abuse, unwed pregnancy, and domestic violence in New Mexico according to a study done by the University of New Mexico, Valencia Campus. All of those things can contribute to a high rate of suicide.
Suicide is a tragedy that can often be prevented. How? First and foremost, the person needs to ask Jesus Christ to come into their life and be their Lord and Savior. That does not automatically mean that all the pain will instantly disappear, although that can happen. In fact, people who are followers of Jesus Christ are not exempt from the devastation of addictions or the finality of the act of suicide, but they have the opportunity to receive healing and freedom from the pain. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Healing and freedom are possible through Jesus Christ!
Before the pain gets to the point where someone gives up and attempts to take his or her own life, they must seek help from a qualified Christian counselor or minister. Not all Christian counselors or ministers have the understanding of the enormous spiritual dynamics involved in hopelessness that lead to suicide.
Since we are prayer ministers, not counselors or mental health professionals, we always recommend that anyone with severe emotional symptoms seek out the help of medical doctors or licensed counselors.
We do not suggest that we know and understand all of the implications encompassing mental illness, especially the effects of mind-altering medications such as antidepressants and tranquilizers. However, we have observed that emotional pain is often accompanied by spiritual considerations that need to be addressed in the spiritual realm through prayer.
The Healing the Brokenhearted Ministry may help someone who has experienced suicidal thoughts, depending on the individual’s situation. Releasing past pain and trauma often results in the removal of suicidal tendencies. Praise the Lord!
Jesus came “to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” (Isaiah 61:3).
Jesus wants us to live in His joy!