All of this saddens me. The church is the only Army that shoots it’s wounded. It’s no wonder Christians give over to suicide after watching the lack of love and compassion in the body of Christ. It’s like the church shoots itself in the foot. The new testament is a new covenant: Love. Check it. Jesus said it’s the most important thing. I Cor. 13. If you are not loving, you are doing it wrong. Scripture says so.
Knowledge puffs up; love builds up. 1 Corinthians 8:1 New Living Translation (NLT)
Food Sacrificed to Idols
“8 Now regarding your question about food that has been offered to idols. Yes, we know that “we all have knowledge” about this issue. But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. ” I bet you many suicide victims felt they had no where to turn-were not feeling the love- because of the judgmental, critical nature of the self-righteous ones who really have not understood the gospel of grace but sure can spit out old testament laws as casually as watermelon seeds at a picnic with no consideration for where they land. Nothing but the pursuit of knowledge. To prove their worth to Jesus? You want to impress Jesus? Try this:
Gal. 5. &….
Matthew 23:23 -24 Woes to Scribes and Pharisees
…23Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You pay tithes of mint, dill, and cumin, but you have disregarded the weightier matters of the law: justice, MERCY, and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. 25Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.…(so MERCY is called a weightier matter of the law! That means it’s more important!) Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Yes, there is a spirit suicide-it goes around to the weakest members, you know-the least of these that Jesus mentions: the mentally ill, the persecuted, the sick, the betrayed… Satan does not play fair. So why not do as Jesus did and LOVE the least of these when they are down and depressed. When they are emotionally , spiritually, or physically broken, why not do what Jesus did and offer prayer and healing? Listen to them. They don’t need to hear all the latest laws from the old testament you learned-they need LOVE. Good thing I have a good foundation for this. I won’t let one of the judgmental law keepers rain on my parade. I came in by grace and I will graduate off the earth by grace. Gal. 5. I continue to pray for all. Yes, the words of Jesus are like a sword coming out of his mouth. Hear him now. God have mercy on us all for the way the body carries on. The bride looks like a fight at a bar instead of anyone Jesus would want at a wedding reception. Shame. Let’s fight the real enemy: the spirits of suicide, depression, isolation, grief, trauma, betrayal, persecution….let’s bind those up and loose the good by both word AND deed. Eph. 6: KJV