Many Christians have believed Satan’s lie and struggle with overwhelming negative attitudes. I have counselled with many Christians who have been harboring thoughts of suicide. They were looking for acceptance and affirmation from other people; and when they didn’t receive it, the enemy was then able to move in and place the destructive thought in their mind that life isn’t even worth living.
If you have received Jesus Christ as your Saviour then the truth of God’s Word states that you are a child of God (John 1:12), that you belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), that you have been redeemed and forgiven of all your sins (Colossians 1:13-14). The truth of God’s Word tells you that you are a member of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27), that you have direct access to God through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16), and that you are complete in Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:9-10).
I talked once with a young man who had been rejected by his family. As he was driving back to college after the Christmas holidays he found a letter from his step mother telling him never to come back. Do you have any idea what it’s like to be rejected by your family? But I tell you this – you will never be rejected by God.
It doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past.
1 John 4:10 states: “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Paul makes it clear in Romans 5:8 that “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
If we constantly look to other people for acceptance, we will give Satan opportunity to plant destructive, negative thoughts in our mind. We need to understand that we are completely and unconditionally accepted by God.
Morris Hull, Home Life Ministries