Q: Ten years ago I tried to take my own life. I had a lot of problems, and it seemed like the only way out. Thankfully I wasn’t successful and got help, but will God ever forgive me for trying to kill myself? — W.M.
A: I too am thankful that God in his grace spared your life. Almost nothing is as tragic as suicide, and as devastating to those who are left behind. Perhaps your letter will encourage someone who may be contemplating this final, terrible act to seek help and know there can be hope.
God has spared you and blessed you in many ways since then (as you indicate elsewhere in your letter). Why, then, would he not forgive you? God loves you, and his goodness to you is proof this is true. May your prayer be like that of the Psalmist: “Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. For you, Lord, have delivered me from death” (Psalm 116:7-8).
But God has proven his love for you in an even greater way: He sent his only son into the world to give his life for you. If you had been the only person in the world who needed to be forgiven, Jesus Christ still would have sacrificed his life for you. The Bible says, “At one time we too were foolish. … But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us” (Titus 3:3-5).
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By a simple prayer of faith accept God’s gift of forgiveness by asking Christ to come into your life today. Don’t carry your burden of guilt and doubt any longer, but joyfully hand it over to Jesus. The Bible says, “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens” (Psalm 68:19).
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