A friend just committed suicide, a terrible event that shocked and hurt her family, her friends and yes, even total strangers.
Her actions caused us great guilt. How could we not know? What did we miss? Why didn’t she confide in us? I thought we were her friends, her confidant. She was a Christian. Where did her relationship with God go wrong? Is she in Hell now?
Then I consider her intense pain.
Those who want in the worst way to die, and can’t, who can’t imagine anything better than death, who count the day of their death and burial the happiest day of their life?(Job 3:21, NIV)
This I know.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.(Romans 8:38-38, NIV)
Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?(Romans 8:34-35, NIV)
If you are feeling like my friend, not today. Not today, please not today.