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Prayer And Thoughts For Shut-Ins
Christians need to remember to pray for those friends and acquaintances with illness that confines them at home, and for their Care-givers. As we were reminded one time by Praise And Prayer Alert: we should make a time to at least call those associated with our church fellowship to see how they are doing; keep them updated on events they might like to know about; offer to run a few errands for them; maybe offer to stay with a shut-in so their Care-giver might get time to go somewhere; etc.. There are many dear ones among us and everywhere, who are suffering diseases such as cancer, heart problems, MS, Parkinsons, mental problems, etc. God expects us to show care for these. They must not be neglected. [adapted from Praise & Prayer Alert]
Thoughts On Suicide
Yes, suicide is tragic and very sad. Much of the matter concerning Christians and suicide seems to be desperate feelings in the face of extreme conditions, and I am disinclined to presume judgment against one ---though considering how sad it is for surviving family, and also that only God should decide when we die. We might well ponder the circumstances in each case.
Under severe incurable disease with much suffering, some true believers in God have cast themselves upon the Lord, rather than medical care submitting to prolonged and uncertain treatments, and this hastened their end ---not wanting also to burden family members further; others have carelessly acted impulsively in desperation of conditions, and perhaps anger at what they perceive as an "unfair" life, and lived recklessly which led to end of life sooner. The latter seems to come from a carnal manner of self-induced depression, which has been clinically described as "anger turned inward". That is between them and God, and we are sad to hear of professing Christians who cannot find "the peace of God that passeth all understanding" that God speaks of (Phil. 4:7; Col. 1:9; 1 Jn. 5:10-13 ).
Regarding all non-Christians we can only say that dying without the Lord Jesus as Savior within one's heart, is really sealing their condemnation to Hell; and I see that as the lure and deceit of Satan ---the destroyer, as our Bible shows. There is certainly a urgent need for all mankind to bow to our Creator-God and receive the Lord Jesus as their Savior and best Friend, as the Holy Bible shows us (note John 1; John 3; John 14). He loves us and says to faithful ones: "I will never leave you, nor forsake you" (Heb. 13:5). He will comfort and sustain us through every trial IF and WHEN we determine to trust Him (note Deut. 30:19; Josh. 24:15). We might well challenge the non-believers to "choose life" in Christ as God says, and live as God urges all souls for their eternal good.
We all ought to avoid judgment on others. Let us be preaching the love of God in Christ and "rightly dividing the Word of Truth", as God enjoins us. Prayer and Godly support to troubled souls is surely important and may forestall an untimely death; thus, we need to be speaking to all around us of Jesus, the Christ of God, who loves all souls and will uphold us in peace if we trust Him always through the days before us; and this as long as our time here is allowed by His Father. Teaching patience in trials and faith in God's gift of life eternal in His beloved Son, is paramount for all good. Let us say, as Jesus said to His Father in facing death, and hoping for relief "...nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt" (Matt. 26:39); and wait upon God for relief and His will and peace.
Certainly, the matter of real Christianity versus imitation is also a consideration, for some souls who somewhat acknowledge God and are trying to somewhat live the Christian life, are not “born again” (as John 3 states in the Holy Bible as required); and are neglecting "so great salvation" (Heb. 2:3) outside the care and guidance of the Lord by the Holy Spirit. They may not know such truth in the Bible as I John 5:10-12 ---do any readers here want to know? There is an urgency that all souls soon find the peace and blessings of God through the Lord Jesus as our Savior and Lord, for strength to endure such trials.
The Lord is righteous; and “shall not the judge of all the earth do right?” (Gen. 18:25). We ought to try to encourage and aid one who is troubled and much discouraged, rather than draw judgment; and guiding one to the Bible and study of the New Testament truth is very important for peace in life now and forever. - R. DeWitt: RL26-go; 02/12