We have all heard the saying, “whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” That is the truth. If we are willing to go through whatever seeks to take life out of us, we will be better and stronger because of it. All we have to do is to live through it.
The Center for Disease Control recently reported that more people die from suicide than car accidents, and that the rate of suicide is growing, especially among middle-aged men. Life events and situations can make anyone believe that their only alternative is to commit suicide, whether it is physical or spiritual suicide.
This is why we need to be reminded that whatever is going on in our lives that try to convince us that life is not worth living—we can live through it. Judas, after selling Jesus out for 30 pieces of silver, had a surge of guilt overwhelm him. After he tried to reverse his actions to no avail, he hanged himself.
Let us be encouraged as we go through life’s twists and turns—we can never give up on ourselves. We can live through it. There are those who can testify that they, with God’s grace and love, have been able to live through some difficult stuff.
They made it through guilt, shame, hurt, and other types of life-threatening disappointments. Instead of throwing in the towel, they lived through it. Some people are alive, but they are not living through their circumstances.
Rather than forgiving themselves or forgiving someone else, they have turned their lives over to unhappiness and anger. They have not permitted themselves to enjoy the life God promised them.
Had Judas chosen another route to deal with his guilt, he would have realized that life goes on even after making really dumb decisions. Life can go on in a very positive way if we are willing to learn from our guilt, rather than have it lead us to a noose hanging from a tree. Jesus is not like human beings.
He doesn’t hold guilt over our heads. He is merciful and gracious. If we are willing to embrace this love, we can live through our mistakes and move forward to something greater.
Yes, the loss of a loved one can make a person feel like they cannot go on—sadness and depression can kill just like a smoking gun. So many teenagers take their lives, because people have bullied them and made them feel so beat down and worthless that they feel the only solution is suicide. We need God’s grace. We can live through it. We have to keep on moving, because in the end, we will win. Jesus died so that we could live abundantly and eternally.
I have watched my son play golf, and sometimes he has some bad holes. He will bogey a hole or even make a double bogey on a hole. But what I admire about him is that he does not let the bad hole he played stop him from making par or a birdie on the next hole.
If we do not live through it, we cannot move forward to the best that that is yet to come for each of us. In the words of James Fortune: “Live through it. Grow through it. Get through it. You can make it if you just pray through it. Don’t let this be the end for you. So live through it.” Jesus did.