The 11th Hour (5.5)

This week, you’ll read an assortment of verses commonly used to discuss suicide.  Read these as you continue to think about Judas, and the possibility that God gave him grace.

Tuesday                                                                         Romans 8:38-39

These two verses declare that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. Nothing. That means that there is always hope. A few years ago, I (Wade) counseled the family and friends of a young man who committed suicide. They were certain that, even though the boy professed faith in Christ and had a connection to his local church, he went to hell. There was no hope. Obviously, they were devastated. This instance revealed something about their perspective of God that was troubling to me: God would abandon someone who needed him most. Think about it. Would the God who promises to never leave us nor forsake us, especially in our darkest hours, leave someone who fell victim to temptation during their worst hour? I can’t with clear conscience say that God would ever do that, especially in light of the verses today. Nothing can separate, so there is always a possibility of redemption.

 

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