“And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only but also for the whole world” (I John 2:2).
One sister was greatly grieved over several problems in life and at a point of time decided to commit suicide. After all the other family members had gone out, when she was alone, she took kerosene and a matchbox and bolted the door.
She wrote in a paper “This the last day of my life. No one loved me truly. So, I am resorting to suicide.”
But suddenly a paper flew in through the window and dashed on her face. She found it to be a page from the Bible. The verse in it said, “Or do you not know that …… you are not your own? For you were bought at a price” (I Corinthians 6:19, 20).
She took it to be an exclusive message for her from heaven. Her heart looked up to Calvary with tears. She knelt down with fear. Tears poured out from her eyes. She understood that Christ who paid a big price and loved her is the one to love her to the end.
Dear children of God, the thought of suicide is the one brought by satan. When that thought comes to you, condemn it in the Name of Jesus.
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (I John 4:10). Is it not a very big grace?
Look at Elijah in the Scripture. Fearing Jezebel, he travelled in the wilderness for a day and sat under a broom tree with a decision to die. He says, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”
…..suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat” (I Kings 19:4, 5). He got up, ate and again lied under the broom tree. The angel of the Lord came back the second time and touched him and strengthened him saying, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.”
Dear children of God, do not worry over the sufferings of this present time. There is a God to love you. To whatever extent the sorrows may come and the sufferings may increase, what you have to do is to kneel down and look up to the loving Jesus who paid the price for you. His sweet hand will definitely wipe off your tears.
To meditate: “…. therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Corinthians 6:20).