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Hey! Our Youth Pastor recently shared a message in our high school service on suicide. It was called What Happens When: My Friend Says They Want to Commit Suicide? We got his notes and wanted to share them with you below. We think the video below was pretty awesome and wanted to share it with you. If we can help you in any way or talk to you, please let us know!

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What Happens When: My Friend Says They Want to Commit Suicide?

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

There were many people in the Bible who wanted to or did commit suicide:

  • Moses (Numbers 11:12-15)
  • Abimelech (Judges 9:52-54)
  • Samson (Judges 16:29-30)
  • King Saul (I Samuel 31:4-6)
  • Ahithophel (II Samuel 17:1-29)
  • King Zimri (I Kings 16:15-20)
  • Elijah (I Kings 19:4)
  • Jonah (Jonah 4:8-11)
  • Judas (Matthew 27:5)

Suicide begins with a thought. So what does a suicidal thought look like?

Characteristics of a Suicidal Thought:

1. It contains no peace.

John 16:33

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

2. It showcases isolation.

Isaiah 41:10

Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

3. It hides the future.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

4. It fills you with fear.

II Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

5. It robs you of God's promises.

Hebrews 6:18

So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.

John 10:10

The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

How to Respond to Suicidal Thoughts:

1. Capture that thought quickly.

II Corinthians 10:4-5

4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,


2. Declare Jesus’ name loudly.

Philippians 2:9-11

9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


3. Remove emotional triggers emphatically.

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,


4. Guard yourself constantly.

Proverbs 4:23

Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.


5. Seek help regularly.

Proverbs 11:14

Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.