Don't give in to sin or suicidal urges

Have you ever felt confused and afraid? That you've done something no one will ever forgive? Or that things will never get better? No matter what you have done, no matter how bad life may seem to be at the moment, don't give up, and definitely don't give in to any suicidal urges.

The story of Judas shows the tragic results of sin, or rebellion against God. But his path does not have to be ours. The Bible tells us that Judas was a disciple of Christ Jesus (see Matt. 26:14–68 and 27:3–5). It was he who went to the chief priests and betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Jesus was arrested, taken to the high priest, and tried for blasphemy, a crime of which he was completely innocent. The unjust trial led to Jesus' crucifixion. Later, Judas realized the great wrong he had done, and in deep despair he hanged himself. In the greatest demonstration of love the world has ever known, Jesus went on to prove for all, in his resurrection, that death itself is an error, and that sin, which leads to death, must be overcome with goodness and purity.

It is the nature of sin to claim it can hold us in a grip of guilt and sorrow until our only choice seems to be death; but Jesus taught God's forgiveness of sin through its destruction. These words of Jesus' can stand as a basis for our hope and desire to change our lives for the better: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened" (Matt. 7:7, 8).

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