Do yourself no harm

Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”” (Acts 16:26-28 NKJV)

Circumstances and responsibilities and emotions can make life hard to bear at times. Even in the middle of what many perceive to be a “blessed” life.

Temptations can go beyond starting something that we should not – they can actually cause us to consider ending something that we should not; even something as important as our own life.

When the feelings the Philippian jailer felt hit like a ton of bricks because our world has been shaken to pieces and it seems as if we are losing or have lost everything that makes life worth living, we need to stop and remember the love of God. It’s a love that causes others to care, a love that looks to re-create and a love that does not want to see us do any harm to ourselves.

These types of emotions can be a sensitive topic but they are important because people are important and God wants us to be saved … even from ourselves at times.

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” (Acts 16:25 NKJV)

#counseling, #help-others, #suicidal-thoughts