Not Un-Forgiveable

I remember as a kid hearing some people discussing suicide.  One person said that it was the only un-forgiveable sin.  I had went home and asked my mom.  She said she had never found that anywhere in the Bible.

On the contrary, she said that people tend to reach out to God more when they are hopeless.  And she thought, how many people in that final instant of life, reach out to God and maybe find peace right before leaving this Earth.

This made sense to me.  And I’ve always kept this thought.  Later I learned an excellent Bible verse that proved that voice from my youth wrong.  Romans 8:38-39, “For I am sure that neither death . . . will be able to separate us from the love of God . . “.  Death can’t separate us from God’s love . . .  well then suicide can’t possibly be the un-forgiveable sin.

I’ve known a few people who have taken their own life.  And from the ones I’ve known, they had lost all hope that life could get better.  Or they’d lost the will to fight to see if life could get better.  They were hopeless and tired.  Matthew 11:28-30 says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest . . . I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Death is never easy.  And I won’t pretend to have all the answers.

Tonight I will be thankful that a troubled soul is now at peace.  I can see how it didn’t have to be this way.  But he couldn’t see that.  The troubles of this world will no longer burden him.  He hasn’t deep peace in his soul for a long time.  I know he can now.  And I pray for all who knew him to find peace as well.

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