This week in our bible study lesson Did You Count Up the Cost? Judas Betrays Jesus, Judas’s life came to a tragic end. He betrayed his innocent friend. His friend was sentenced to death. He tried to make the situation right, but he was unable to stop what was to happen.  Obviously, he felt he had no way out of the situation, and he decided to commit suicide. Click the link above or the following scriptures to read the story: Matthew 26:14-16, Matthew 26:47-56, Matthew 27:1-10.

Judas’s life did not have to end. The bible tells us that God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from our unrighteousness if we confess our sins. See 1 John 1:9. The devil wants us to feel like there is no way out or no one to listen.  He wants to consume our thoughts and make the situation seem so bad that you can find no other rational solution for stopping the pain. Yet, the reality is that it is not the end of your life. If you are still here, you have a purpose. Yes, your situation may feel embarrassing. Yes, you may feel hurt. Yes, you may feel you are filled with unbearable pain, but Jesus is our burden bearer. Did it ever cross Judas’s mind that he could apologize? Did it ever cross his mind that he could go get help? Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, is too big for God to handle if we go to Him. Will the road to redemption feel hard? Probably. Unbearable sometimes? Possibly, it will. Yet, you can do it. There is no mistake too big to overcome. Honestly, that is why Jesus went to the cross. He overcame all sin with his death and resurrection. So, if someone you know has thought about hurting themselves, tell them it is not the end of their life. They have a lot more life to live and impact to make. Tell them to use their story to help others overcome. As always, please get help if self-hurt is imminent. We need you around. Your life matters.

1.     National Suicide Prevention Lifeline | Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish. Learn more at 800-273-8255.

2.     International Help Center: https://www.suicidestop.com/call_a_hotline.html

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