My Friend is Struggling with...Thoughts of Suicide by Josh McDowell

By Josh McDowell

Sixteen-year-old Kevin Colvin, pressured via his parent's scuffling with, the hot loss of life of his ally and slipping grades, despairs that he is simply "a waste of area in the world. is that this a passing idea or is he approximately to significantly ponder suicide?

Do you recognize any scholars like Kevin who're stuck within the downward emotional spiral of sadness to discouragement to depression? What are you able to say or do to aid? What do they want so much straight away? probably greater than any time of their lives they want a "911 friend"-a buddy who "…is regularly unswerving and a brother [and sister who] is born to assist in time of want" (Prov. 17:17).

Through the help of a gripping true-to-life tale, Josh McDowell besides Ed Stewart deals biblical insights and functional guideline on what your buddy can do whilst plagued with passing innovations of finishing all of it. yet extra importantly, you will find how you can turn into a real resource of support and encouragement to boost her or him from...

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These verses say that God sees us as useful to Him. ” Doug nodded enthusiastically. “We are not perfect, and sometimes we feel very incompetent. But God sees us as competent because His Holy Spirit lives in us. Second Corinthians five, verse nineteen, says that He has entrusted us with the ministry of evangelism. ” “I never thought about it that way,” Kev put in, eyebrows arched in amazement. Doug focused on Kev. ” Kevin considered the question for several seconds. Then he answered, “Part of me feels like God hasn’t taken a very close look at me, because I don’t see myself as lovable or valuable or useful to Him.

You would also be wise to seek the counsel, encouragement, and prayer support of a parent, youth leader, or minister as you deal with your friend, even if you feel very confident to minister to him or her. If you do not feel confident in this situation, ask a mature Christian to help you. And if you sense at any point that your friend needs more help than you can provide, be sure to enlist the assistance of a Christian leader or minister. Provide a caring relationship for your friend. People who entertain passing thoughts of suicide usually feel very alone inside.

Doug continued, talking to both boys, “I believe that God wants us to see ourselves as He sees us. That’s how we gain the confidence to deal with the hard things in our lives. ” Kev was suddenly sober. “Even the breakup of a family? ” Doug reached out and touched his arm. ” he responded, his face full of understanding. Kev studied the kind faces of his friend and his youth leader. “Yes,” he said at last, “I think God can help me get through these things because I guess I am lovable, valuable, and useful to Him.

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