Seven. That’s how many suicide events appear in the Bible, not counting Jonah’s unsuccessful attempt. A thoughtful study of the stories shows that some of the underlying factors were pride, anger, remorse, vengeance, and hopelessness. It is always a difficult and painful topic for everyone, in any way, involved.

If you have lost a loved one to suicide, remember that God is merciful, and only He truly knows our hearts. The book of Hebrews includes one suicide victim, Samson, in its list of heroes of faith (Heb. 11:32; see Judges 16:23-30).

Or, if you’re depressed, remember that, when the pain seems too great to bear, Jesus gave this promise: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30, NRSV).

God does not intend for you to be alone. He desires for you to experience His genuine love. Did you know that God’s love for you is everlasting? (Jer. 31:3). He didn’t wait to start loving you after you did something beautiful, and He isn’t waiting to start loving you when you stop doing something ugly. His love for you is past, present, and future. God also intends to love us through others, and God wants to love others through you (Rom. 12:9-21). For either to happen; for you love, or be loved; you have to be here. Present. In the moment.

Suicide is not the answer. There is hope.

Feel the arms of God holding you. Hear the voice of God whispering, I love you. I died for your sins, so you don’t have to be weighed down with guilt (Rom. 5:8). I came so that you can have a fantastic, abundant life (John 10:10).

If you are struggling, Jesus is there to help. Also, get counsel from others or even, if need be, professional help. You don’t need to deal with this alone.