Thursday, December 10, 2009

Biblical Truths Part 1

The goal of a Bible study to help a friend struggling with suicidal thoughts is to help him or her understand how God sees us so that he or she can begin to see himself or herself that way. He or she needs to learn and believe three very important biblical truths:

1. God sees us as lovable, giving us a sense of belonging
Just like everyone else, your friend needs to sense that he or she belongs to someone. We gain our ultimate sense of belonging when we understand that God loves us unconditionally, just as we are. John 1:12 declares that when we received Christ we became children of God. He accepted us as His sons and daughters and invites us to call Him “Abba, Father" (Rom. 8:15). The apostle John wrote, "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (I John 4:10).

2. God sees us as valuable, giving us a sense of worthiness
Our true worth is revealed in the fact that our loving God allowed Jesus Christ, His sinless Son, to die for our sins. The apostle Peter wrote, "For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed but with the precious blood of Christ" (I Pet. 1:18-19). Paul said, "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8). Impress upon your friend that if he or she were the only person on earth, God would have sent His Son to die for him or her. Your friend is worth the death of God's Son.